The HSE has announced that they are introducing a new programme of unannounced inspections that will target health and safety management in food manufacturing businesses.
The inspections will focus on two of the main causes of ill health in the sector:
- 1. Occupational asthma, exposure to flour dust in bakeries, cake and biscuit manufacturers and grain mills.
- 2. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), predominantly lower back pain and upper limb disorders from manual handling activities and repetitive tasks across the sector.
The HSE has stated that companies and people working in food manufacturing ‘must pay closer attention to how they manage workplace health risks or face serious penalties’.
Commenting on the campaign, John Rowe, HSE’s Head of Manufacturing Sector, said, ‘The food manufacturing sector is made up of over 300,000 workers and its health and safety record needs to improve. This inspection initiative will look to ensure effective management and control of targeted health risks.’
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