According to Lexology, HSE launches its 2019 inspection initiatives, starting with food manufacturers between January and March. The two main areas of concern focus on occupational asthma caused by flour dust and musculoskeletal disorders caused by repetitive or poorly executed manual handling.
In addition, the main causes of fatal injuries across food and drink manufacturing relate to workplace transport, falls from height and contact with machinery. With some 70 per cent of incidents being preventable, there should be a heightened focus on how senior representatives promote health and safety practices within the business .
Adequate personal protective equipment should be supplied to counter all identified risks, including:
- High Visibility Clothing
- Head Protection
- Respiratory Protection
- Hand Protection
- Fall Arrest Equipment
- Safety Footwear
Manufacturing and food processing companies that fail to adhere to current Health and Safety guidelines risk, not only injury to staff, but also loss of production, loss of reputation, absence of key workers, increases in employers’ liability insurance and much more.
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