Agriculture as a sector has a tremendous impact on the European economy, it account for almost 40% of the EU budget, it is making use of almost 50% of the EU land, and its share of GDP has been increasing almost continuously for the past 5 years.Introduction
Nevertheless as the Eurofound (2016), Sixth European Working Conditions Survey has revealed, agriculture it is the least covered sector in terms of OSH. Moreover a research produced by the authors revealed the fact that in most of the EU-28 countries there are no specific training courses, crafted for agriculture, for occupational medicine physicians and for OSH experts.Methods
The AGROSH +project, is implemented by a consortium of 5 partners from 4 countries, countries to which agriculture is highly relevant -Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland and Romania, and produced two highly specific training courses dedicated to occupational medicine physicians and to OSH experts.Results
The training courses produced are blended, modular, of 40 hours each, and enclose modules such as musculoskeletal diseases, extreme temperatures, mental health in agriculture, health hazards in agriculture, toxicology, occupational cancer, etc. The courses are accredited, tested and benefit of a highly specific evaluation package based on the comprehensive Kirkpatrick four stages evaluation approach (it analyses the evolution of trainees’ knowledge, skills, attitude and behaviour).Conclusion
The agriculture sector it is changing at a pace unseen before in terms of new chemical substances being used, of new technologies incorporated within classical tools, of climate changes and new environments where it is unfolded. Therefore the training of those experts who are providing their services (occupational medicine and OSH services) to agriculture needs to be performed using a specific and updated curriculum, using highly interactive platforms, using practical activities based on Case Studies, and especially by incorporating multidisciplinary expertise.