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Improving occupational health and safety data at EU and national levels is critical to the development to effective policy and strategy

Jun 19, 2024 | News

On 9 April 2024, SafeHabitus held a policy workshop with key EU agriculture and occupational health and safety stakeholders in Brussels to enhance understanding and awareness of the need for improvements in the availability of key data that describe the number of farmers and farm workers, particularly self-employed farmers or family workers, who are killed or injured in the course of their work.

Research undertaken by members of the project team was presented and formed the basis of discussion identifying potential policy options. The research evaluated the data and evidence available to policy stakeholders at national and EU levels supporting the development of measures that improve working conditions by supporting improvements in farm safety. Case studies were presented demonstrating how high quality data and analysis underpin farm safety and farmer health strategies in Ireland and Finland. The research report was submitted as a key deliverable from the project and will be available online shortly.

The report ‘Farm safety in the EU: Which injuries, and who is counted?’ contains an overview of the occupational health and safety data collection systems in the 11 countries where SafeHabitus CoPs are active. The report highlights critical gaps in the data available to EU policy makers and stakeholders in relation to the number of fatal and non-fatal injuries to, in particular, self-employed farmers and family workers. The deliverable was co-ordinated by Dr John McNamara (Teagasc), led by Dr Eda Merisalu (Estonian University of Life Sciences – EULS) and written by Dr Märt Reinvee (EULS) with contributions by the Irish and Finnish research teams.