Inspections in agriculture

In 2009-2011 Work Environment Authority visited 2 564 workplaces in agriculture.

A clear majority of the workplaces visited had no or few employees.

Distribution of employees
Workplaces [number] Employees [number] Proportion [%]
595 0 23
1097 1-2 43
698 3-9 27
174 >9 7


Examples of different demands for action
Systematic work environment management Demands for their own documentation of risk assessments.
Ventilation/dust Demands for ventilation in the workshop in order to reduce the amount of dust. Demands for personal protective equipment such as respiratory protection equipment, in cases where one cannot reduce the amount of dust. Demands for dust reducers in feed manufacturing.
Chemicals Demand for warehousing and storage, personal protective equipment, laundry facilities, and disposable products. Primarily that those who handle chemicals carry out a risk assessment.
Ergonomics Demands to address deficient ergonomics in connection with awkward working positions and heavy lifting.
Electrical installations Demands for electrical overhaul. Electric cables for machines are a risk factor, and there are often temporary solutions.
Machinery Demands that there must be protection that is intact, for example over moving machine parts such as drive shafts.
Animal handling Demands about, for example, how work is organized when transferring and treating animals, i.e., herding gangways and treatment facilities.
Design of the workplace Demands to fix, for example, slippery floors, tight spaces, stairs, ledges, and bad lighting, which often entail risks of falls.
Noise Demands that hearing protection should be used. Work with animals and machinery means high noise levels.


Statistics about the different demand areas
  Demands [number] Demands [%]
Total 4320 100
Technology 1178 27
Occupational hygiene 1543 36
Medical/Social risks 673 16
Systematic Work Environment management 926 21

Last updated 2020-08-17