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. The distribution of employees looked like this:

Workplaces [number]

Employees [number]

Proportion [%]

595

0

23

1097

1-2

43

698

3-9

27

174

>9

7

 In the table are 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 looked like this:

 

Demands [number]

Demands [%]

Total

4320

100

Technology

1178

27

Occupational hygiene

1543

36

Medical/Social risks

673

16

Systematic Work Environment management

926

21

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Last updated 2017-04-26