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Safety and health risks in farm management presented in the 14th International Conference on Biosystems Engineering

Jun 19, 2024 | News

The SafeHabitus project partner, the Estonian University of Life Sciences organised the annual international conference on Biosystems Engineering, which took place from the 8 -10 May 2024 in Tartu, Estonia. The conference sought to highlight how traditional and modern engineering techniques can be combined with technical and social solutions to enhance farm safety.

The SafeHabitus project was featured in the conference with two presentations about health and safety risks in agriculture. Professor Eda Merisalu from Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU) gave a keynote speech about the prevention of occupational risks in agriculture, where she gave an overview of the main risks to be prevented in farming. These include both physical, e.g. heavy physical work outdoors or exposure to the elements, and psychological risks, such as long working hours which can lead to injury and illness. New risks are also brought on by the introduction of new technologies on farms if farm infrastructure or practices are not adapted. Prof Merisalu pointed out a serious concern of farm safety and farmer health specialists and stakeholders is the persistent underestimation of health risks in agriculture.

Jarkko Leppälä from the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) presented an overview of farm safety and health risk management tools helping farmers managing safety and health risks and improving farms’ social sustainability.