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The introduction of R&D for the agricultural health & safety management in South Korea

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Frame of Image ner-operator farmers), excluded from national industrial safety and health protection, has been mainly managed by agricultural and forestry agencies since the mid-2000s. Rural Development Administration (RDA) has conducted various studies and extensive preventive activities for agricultural health and safety as follows : Farmers’ occupational injury and disease survey, proposing relevant legal and policy systems, evaluation of agricultural health hazards, development of ergonomic convenience equipment and protective gears, etc. Keywords: Agriculture, Safety, Health, Korea
1. Introduction The development of agricultural technologies has gradually relied on supplementary supports for agricultural labor including agricultural machines and agricultural chemicals, due to intensified outflow of agricultural manpower related with the industrial modernization in Korea. The increase in the use of such supplementary support for agricultural labour has become a major risk factor of injuries among farmers. Despite a high risk of injury for Korean farmers, the farmers have been in the dead zone of national occupational safety and health management. Because national workers’ compensation and safety management are carried out by the Ministry of Employment and Labor, only certain scale of agricultural worksites’ farming workers are included in the system. Small scale owner-operator farmers excluded from the Labor Ministry’s worker’s compensation and injury control are about 98% of total farm


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Title The introduction of R&D for the agricultural health & safety management in South Korea
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Material Type Proceedings
Author(English)

Lee, Kyungsuk; Kim, Kyungsu; Kim, Hyocher; Chae, Hyesun; Choi, Dongphil

Publisher

Kuopio, Finland : Nordic Ergonomics and Human Factors Society

Date 2016
Event

Annual Nordic Ergonomics and human Factors Society Conference

Pages 5
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Industry and Technology < Agriculture
Holding National Institute of Agricultural Sciences
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Abstract

Korean farmers’ occupational injury and disease rates are reported to be higher than those in other industries. Health and safety for most Korean farmers(usually small-scale and owner-operator farmers), excluded from national industrial safety and health protection, has been mainly managed by agricultural and forestry agencies since the mid-2000s. Rural Development Administration (RDA) has conducted various studies and extensive preventive activities for agricultural health and safety as follows : Farmers’ occupational injury and disease survey, proposing relevant legal and policy systems, evaluation of agricultural health hazards, development of ergonomic convenience equipment and protective gears, etc.