OSH Empowerment of Portuguese Agri-food MSMEs Through the Application of Computational Tools of Risks Assessment

  • Pedro D. Gaspar
  • Tânia M. LimaEmail author
Part of the Studies in Systems, Decision and Control book series (SSDC, volume 277)


The Agri-food Industry is the largest Portuguese Industry, constituted mainly by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) conditions in an agri-food MSME have its own characteristics depending on the specific food sector. This condition makes the prevention strategies implementation difficult and heightens the problematic of work accidents. In this chapter are described online and offline free computational tools developed to perform OSH risks assessment in the dairy, meat processing, bakery and horticultural subsectors. The tools provide a simple and expedite diagnostic of occupational hazards and risks. Depending on the input data, the tools output identifies successful practices and easy-to-implement solutions for occupational risk prevention. These computational tools aim to empower Portuguese agri-food SMEs to implement innovative OSH management practices in order to prevent work accidents.


Agri-food industry Occupational health and safety MSMEs Computational tools OiRA tool 



The study was funded by Portugal 2020, Competir 2020—Operational Program for Competitiveness and Internationalization (POCI)—System of Support to Collective Actions (SIAC: 04/SIAC/2015, Ref: 16159). The authors were also funded in part by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), under project UID/EMS/00151/2013 C-MAST, with reference POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007718.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electromechanical EngineeringUniversity of Beira InteriorCovilhãPortugal
  2. 2.C-MAST—Centre for Mechanical and Aerospace Science and TechnologiesCovilhãPortugal

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