Magdalena Wachnicka-Witzke
Magdalena Wachnicka-Witzke


Agricultural Social Insurance Fund (KRUS)
Director of the Communication and International Cooperation Office

Topic: Agriculture and OSH Agri (OSH) Culture

Agriculture as a sector of economy has one of the highest records of fatal accidents and injuries at work. The Vision Zero concept with its three dimensions of occupational prevention: safety, health and wellbeing proposes how to structure a prevention system to build a successful OSH culture in Agriculture – AGRI (OSH) CULTURE. People working in agriculture face many different types of occupational hazards and are exposed to many various types of occupational risks. This makes the building of AGRI OSH Culture so important but at the same time very challenging. In this session, we shall present current occupational hazards that farmers face during their work and possible solutions how to prevent them to keep safety, health and wellbeing of farmers. The session will be organized in three following subtopics:

  1. Environmental hazards and challenges
  2. Use of modern technologies and artificial intelligence.
  3. Unbearable burden of stress – mental health and wellbeing
Sub chairs
Kannan Krishnan India
Kannan Krishnan
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
Chief of the Air & Site Assessment and Climate Indicators Branch at OEHHA
Muneki Tomita Japan
Muneki Tomita
National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)
Head of System Safety Engineering Research Area
Magdalena Wachnicka-Witzke Poland
Magdalena Wachnicka-Witzke
Agricultural Social Insurance Fund (KRUS)
Director of the Communication and International Cooperation Office


Ariane Adam-Poupart Canada
Ariane Adam-Poupart
Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec (INSPQ)
Scientiic Advisor at Dep. of Biological Hazards & OH

Climate Change and biological hazards

Erik Jørs Denmark
Erik Jørs
Odense University Hospital
Clinical Associate Professor

Pesticides in agriculture

Tomasz Zdziebkowski Poland
Tomasz Zdziebkowski
Top Farms Sp. z o.o.
Chief Executive Officer

Safe, sustainable and environmentaly friendly agriculture

Catherine Trask Sweden
Catherine Trask
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Associate Professor

Ergonomics - exoskeletons in agriculture

Satoshi Iida Japan
Satoshi Iida
Senior Technical Advisor

Kubota's Initiatives on Smart Agriculture

Kota Shimomoto Japan
Kota Shimomoto
National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)
Researcher, Institute of Agricultural Machinery

Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture - Research, development and diffusion of technologies aiming zero accident in agriculture in NARO

Benoit Moreau France
Benoit Moreau
Caisse Centrale Mutualite Sociale Agricole (CC MSA)
National Advisor on Occupational Risk Prevention

Suicide Prevention Plan for Farmers in France

Erich Koch Germany
Erich Koch
Sozialversicherung für Landwirtschaft, Forsten und Gartenbau (SVLFG)
Head of international Relations

Wellbeing approach under separate social insurance systems for farmers

Päivi Wallin Finland
Päivi Wallin

Early intervention and a holistic approach to support Farmers´work ability in Finland

Emi Ohyoshi Japan
Emi Ohyoshi
Daikichi Farm

Strategies to Improve Occupational Safety in Daikich Farm


Claudio Colosio Italy
Claudio Colosio
University of Milan
Associate Professor of Occupational Health

“PESTISAFE; a tool for preventive pesticide risk assessment in Agriculture”

Isaac Abril Muñoz Spain
Isaac Abril Muñoz
Instituto Nacional de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo (INSHT)
Director of the dep. of working conditions in agriculture and fisheries

Expert in the discussion panel of the Agriculture Session