to the Colloquium

Rector's greeting

From the University of Cordoba, I want to give the warmest welcome to the ISSA Management Committee, as well as to all its members, professionals or institutional representatives interested in attending the 39th edition of the ISSA International Colloquium, Agriculture Section.

Our university, which is located in the south-east of Spain and the south of Europe, has a marked agri-food character, leading a Campus of International Excellence in Agri-food, CeiA3, formed by 5 universities in Andalusia, and with a high level of research and technology transfer to the agricultural sector. This university, has a medium size, and has magnificent facilities and equipment, which we offer at the disposal of this international meeting of specialists in security in agriculture.

In our institution, Occupational Risk Prevention, and within it Safety, is one of the main axes included in our Strategic Plan, and applicable in all sectors of activity of our University. Therefore, and following the actions and objectives set out in this line, it is an honour and satisfaction to host this prestigious International Colloquium.

Córdoba, an area of multicultural encounter, a welcoming city with the millions of travellers who visit us every year, currently has 4 UNESCO recognitions as a World Heritage Site, the only city in the world that has been worthy of such an honour.

We hope that your stay in the city of Cordoba, and in our University, will be as pleasant as we wish, and with the level of scientific interest that the organizing entity guarantees.

Best regards

José Carlos Gómez Villamandos
Chancellor of the University of Cordoba







Foreword from the Chairperson of the International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in Agriculture

As chairperson of the International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in Agriculture it is an immense pleasure for me to invite you to attend the 39th International Colloquium of the Section of the ISSA on Prevention in Agriculture organised by the Section in cooperation with the Agricultural Social Insurance Fund and the University of Cordoba.

The International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in Agriculture is one of the thirteen sections of the Special Commission on Prevention of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) which was founded in 1927 under the auspices of the International Labour Organization. The objectives of the Section are to improve occupational safety and health in agriculture, livestock farming, horticulture and forestry through international cooperation. For this purpose, every three years the Section organises a Colloquium dedicated to prevention of occupational accidents and diseases in agriculture.

This time the 39th International Colloquium of the Section will take place on 15-17th May 2019 in Cordoba and will focus on the implementation of the Vision Zero as world prevention strategy in the agriculture sector. The idea of the event is to promote the ISSA Vision Zero strategy which aims to reduce occupational accidents and diseases to zero. I hope that the Colloquium will be a tremendous occasion and a valuable platform for experts from around the world to share their experience and new ideas regarding the actions that will lead to zero accidents and occupational diseases in agriculture.

With this foreword, I would like to personally invite occupational safety experts, researchers, specialists of rural medicine and experts from the area of public health, as well as employers and employees from agriculture sector to present their experiences and research results and to actively share their valuable views and contribute their findings to make this event a great occasion for a fruitful exchange of ideas.

I am convinced the Colloquium will let us present and explore recent achievements and highlight good practices regarding various aspects of prevention in agriculture to help to protect lives, health and well-being of farmers and rural communities at large.

My special thanks go to the Chancellor of the University of Cordoba who kindly accepted to co-organise the Colloquium together with the International Section of the ISSA Agriculture on Prevention in Agriculture and to host the Colloquium in a magnificent setting of University of Cordoba in one of the most beautiful historical cities of the world.

I look forward to welcoming you at the Colloquium in Cordoba,

Aleksandra Hadzik
Chairperson ad interim of the International Section of the ISSA on Prevention in Agriculture