Agriculture Industry Advisory Committee (AIAC)


The AIAC has been part of HSE's arrangements for stakeholder engagement for approximately 30 years. Throughout that time, the industry's health and safety performance has been consistently poor. The fatal injury incidence rate is now the highest of the main industrial sectors in Great Britain, including construction.

Terms of reference

  • Support the HSE Strategy and the Agriculture strategy by providing industry input as to how we can achieve a reduction in the number of deaths in the farming and wider land based industries in the longer term and promote changes in behaviour and culture in the industry
  • Support the Farming Industry Working Group to achieve stronger leadership in the industry and ownership of the problem and solutions in health and safety in farming
  • Bring an industry specific perspective to keep HSE abreast of technical changes, the rate of change and identify future trends in the land based sector
  • Contribute to working groups to deal with specific issues on a task and finish basis as appropriate
  • Translate and disseminate the Board's priorities to its constituencies to
    • Reduce the number of fatalities, major injuries and days lost caused by injuries and work related ill health in agriculture
    • Support the delivery of HSE's strategy and the Agriculture Strategy
    • Promote a culture change resulting in an agriculture industry which recognises and accepts that high standards of health and safety are an integral part of successful business practice
    • Promote better understanding and recognition of the risks to the health and safety of farmers and farm workers
    • Share information on new strategies and approaches for reducing the risks
    • Build partnerships and commitment for future work


  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH)
  • Land based colleges aspiring to excellence (Landex)
  • National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC)
  • National Farmers Union (NFU)
  • National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC)
  • Unite the Union (Unite)


Date Papers

June 2022

Agenda, meeting notes and papers for June 2022 including:

January 2022

Agenda, meeting notes and papers for January 2022 including:

  • Cattle Paper 2020-21
  • Cattle Paper 2020-21 – Annex 1

June 2021

Agenda and meeting notes for June 2021

November 2020

Agenda and papers for November 2020 meeting including:

  • Overview of 2019-20 cattle related incidents
  • Overview of cattle incidents (annex 1)
  • Overview of the AFAG meetings held on 5 Dec 2019 and 11 June 2020
  • FISA update 13 October 2020

June 2020

Agenda and meeting notes for June 2020


The agendas minutes and papers for previous AIAC meetings are available from The National Archive.

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Updated 2023-09-29