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RR507 - Scoping study determining the potential of engaging stakeholders in the food supply chain to support and influence farmers to promote health and safety

The incidence rate of fatal and major injuries in agriculture is amongst the highest of any industry and the prevalence of work related ill health is the highest of any sector. This represents a significant cost to the agriculture industry each year, as well as causing suffering to individuals and their families. Reducing the incidence of these events will thus form part of the strategy for building a sustainable, modern farming sector. The HSE wishes to work in partnership with Current HSE policy assumes that the HSE can influence farmers’ risk taking behaviour through the supply chain. This research informs the initiation stage of a project proposal examining potential synergies for improvement of health and safety management through the food supply chain.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-03-19