Supply chain governance in agriculture: Standards and audits to improve OSH in the European agri-food sector


Occupational safety and health (OSH) risks in the agri-food sector may include long hours, low pay, a harsh psychosocial climate as well as physical dangers related to heavy lifting, repetitive work and chemicals in farming, among others. The extensive regulation of the sector and the fact that OSH is integrated into the supply chain through contractual governance underscore the importance of certification and standards. This policy brief outlines their potential benefits to OSH, their current limitations, and the role governments and policy-makers can play in their improvement.

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