Arbeid door jongeren in de agrarische sector : mogelijkheden voor veilig en gezond werken = Employment of younger people in the agricultural sector : possibilities for safe and healthy work

H.H.E. Oude Vrielink, P. Ruigewaard, P. Tamsma

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    An ongoing discussion in the Netherlands between employers and the Labour Inspectorate about the interpretation of legal rules of employing youth in agricultural work situations is addressed. A working group, consisting of representatives of agricultural employers, employees, government, Labour Inspectorate, advisory boards and knowledge workers, has analysed two inspection reports (2003, 2004), interviewed 13 inspectors, and consulted 35 employers of 5 different agricultural branches in 4 workshops to know their (possible) conflicts and solutions.Analysis of the inspection reports showed that a relatively large amount of violations dealt with a lack of the obligatory risk and safety evaluation of the farm, or work-rest registration, or violated the time aspects of labour for younger people. The working group did not address these items and insisted these rules to be obeyed.The evaluation concentrated on the age group 13 to 15 years, and the items mechanized environment, physical load, re-entry after application of herbicides of fungicides, and mental well-being were addressed.Mechanized environment: the present rules exclude youth of 13-15 years old to work in any mechanized environment. Part of the working group suggests the law to be redirected more close to International and European law, and to include safety risk into the rules.Physical load: present rules have limitations for lifting, pushing/pulling and bad working postures, but not for repetitive work. The working group argues the protection level at present not to be too high, and suggests to implement a time limitation for low-level repetitive work for this age group. Furthermore, it is advised to gain knowledge on the time-effects of kneeled work and low-level repetitive movements.Re-entry: the present rules exclude youth of 13-15 years to come in contact with crops that are treated with chemicals within a period of 14 days, irrespective of the substance. The working group advises to develop and implement a herbicide-specific approach, in which the risk, speed of degradation and safety factor for youth should be implemented. Also, the knowledge on the eventual specific effects of chemicals on children should be improved.Well-being: the law does not show many rules regarding this aspect. The working group advises a forced working speed to be prevented by technical and organisational measures. Piece-wages were argued to be not advisable, as stated in the present rules.
    Original languageDutch
    Place of PublicationWageningen
    PublisherAgrotechnology & Food Sciences Group
    Number of pages149
    ISBN (Print)9789067549776
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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    NameRapport / Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Group
    PublisherAgrotechnology & Food Sciences Group


    • agricultural manpower
    • young workers
    • labour legislation
    • working conditions
    • health hazards
    • safety at work
    • Netherlands

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