The act on the social insurance for farmers obliges KRUS to undertake actions aimed at prevention of accidents at work and farmers' occupational diseases.
The preventive activity of the Fund consists in examination of the causes and circumstances of accidents at work and dissemination of knowledge about threats and rules of safe work amongst the insured parties.
The President of the Agricultural Social Insurance Fund (KRUS) has established the Principles of Health and Life Protection on a Farm. The principles have been delivered to every insured farmer; they are also issued as a brochure and constantly reminded to farmers during trainings and inspection of the accidents sites, through the media and other preventive actions.
In 2008 "Principles of Health and Life Protection on a Farm" were updated and adapted to the legal norms obligatory in the EU countries and good agricultural practice.
The knowledge in the area of health and safe work is improved due to the trainings for farmers organized by the Fund, popularizing publications and films, contests, exhibitions, press articles and radio and TV programs.
From 1993 to 2010 KRUS organized over 50 thousand of training meetings attended by over 1.5 million people.
Voluntary, free of charge trainings are organized for all willing farmers, village administrators, members of Farmers' Wives Associations, farmers treated in the Farmers' Rehabilitation Centres, for local government representatives, students of agricultural schools, youth from junior high schools and children.
In order to disseminate the rules of safe labor, KRUS issued a number of training materials, including: educational films about the rules of safe labor, brochures on safe labor on a farm, leaflets, posters and calendars.
Within non-training actions different kinds of Olympic games, contests and quizzes relating knowledge about health and safe work issues. Since 2003 KRUS organizes the Nationwide Safe Farm Competition. It was participated by about 1,200 farms.
At the same time, the Fund undertakes efforts concerning production and distribution of safe technical means for farms. In order to attract the interest of agricultural machinery producers and farmers buying equipment the President of the Fund grants the "Safety Mark of the Agricultural Social Insurance Fund (KRUS)" and the fair distinction called "Product Increasing Labor Safety on a Farm". By the end of 2011 25 producers had the right to attach the KRUS Mark to 187 products, and the fair distinction was received by 58 suppliers for 98 types ofproducts.
Since 2001 manufacturers of the above mentioned products receive additionally the "DOBROSŁAW" statuette, which symbolizes renown for the manufacturers who care about farmers' safety. The Fundnotifies farmers about the distinguished goods, encouraging them to purchase safe machinery diminishing accident danger.
The Fund participates actively in agricultural and mechanical fairs where stands and informative exhibitions for farmers are organized. Since 2009 the stands were organized together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and institutions acting for the benefit of agriculture at international, domestic andregional events.
The Fund conducts recourse and preventive proceedings aimed at reimbursement of the paid benefits and change on the structural solutions in relation to the producers whose goods contribute to accidents atwork.
From the moment of its creation the Fund questioned over 470 types of machines and devices as well as other goods, the faults in which were the exclusive, main cause of accidents or were accompanying utilization errors.
The preventive activity of the Agricultural Social Insurance Fund (KRUS) conducted since 1993 brings visible effects. The numbers of accidents at agricultural work are decreasing systematically.
In 2012 22 370 accidents (including 92 fatal accidents) and 16 537 sicknesses ended with payout of one-off indemnities by virtue of permanent or long-term detriment to health as a result of accident at agricultural work or a vocational sickness.
"DOBROSŁAW" - statuette that symbolizes renown for the producers who care about farmers' safety.