AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS

About Agricultural Systems

Farming injuries are very common. You can reduce the chance of problems occurring with careful attention to health and safety rules that govern farming. Doing so can help you significantly reduce the personal, social and financial costs of accidents.

With farming being a hazardous occupation, it is important that health and safety hazards, including chemicals and pedestrians, machinery, tools and equipment are handled safely and in line with safety compliance. MSHEQ has assisted many companies achieve this through various agricultural systems as well as with the implementation of OHSAS® and ISO® systems.

MSHEQ specialises in developing and implementing food safety management systems for farming operations. We can furthermore assist you with the following systems and accreditations:

Global GAP

Global GAP is an internationally recognised farm management system dedicated to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and it is now the world’s most widely implemented farm certification scheme. For consumers and retailers, the Global GAP certificate is reassurance that food reaches accepted levels of safety and quality, and has been produced sustainably, respecting the health, safety and welfare of workers, the environment, and in consideration of animal welfare issues. Without such reassurance, farmers may be denied access to markets.

The GLOBAL G.A.P. standard is primarily designed to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by minimising detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical inputs and ensuring a responsible approach to worker health and safety as well as animal welfare. The scope of the standard covers the whole agricultural production process, from before the plant is in the ground or the animal enters the farm to non-processed product. Procedures, documents and systems have to be put in place fulfill these requirements which will be evaluated via assessments and inspections.

Tesco Nurture Implementation

Tesco Nurture is a scheme that was established in 1991 by Tesco and it identifies key principles and practices which its producers and suppliers of fresh fruit, vegetables and salads have to adhere to in order to ensure that their production and produce handling systems are sustainable, environmentally sound and responsible. Implementation involves an assessment against the standard requirements and closing existing gaps. It must involve a plan to ensure that working practices and requirements for businesses to maintain a high standard of technical and practical skills, whilst minimizing risks to employees, the public or environment. The plan must also ensure that non-renewable and natural resources are conserved or used as efficiently as possible.