Article is available in full to IFST members and subscribers.

Register on the FST Journal website for free

Click the button to register to FST Journal online for free and gain access to the latest news

 

If you are an IFST member, please login through the Members Area of the IFST website. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


An inspector calls

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) commenced a programme of unannounced inspections to review health and safety standards in food manufacturing businesses across the country from January 2018[3].

The inspections are focused on two of the main causes of ill-health in the sector:

• occupational asthma from exposure to flour dust in bakeries, cake and biscuit manufacturers and grain mills and

• musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) – predominantly lower back pain and upper limb disorders from manual handling activities and repetitive tasks across the sector.

The inspections follow the release of HSE’s Manufacturing sector plan, which prioritises the reduction of cases of occupational lung disease and MSDs.

Exposure to flour dust is the UK’s second most commonly cited cause of occupational asthma. MSDs are the most common type of work-related illness in food manufacturing with handling injuries, accounting for around 20% of reported employee injuries. HSE insists that such ill-health can be prevented when organisations have proper risk control systems in place.

The inspections will ensure measures are being taken by those responsible to protect workers against health risks and HSE states that it will not hesitate to use enforcement to bring about improvements. It is also calling on those working in the industry to refresh their knowledge of its advice and guidance, available on its website http://bit.ly/2GRGfFB

References

3. http://press.hse.gov.uk/2018/hse-food-manufacturing-inspections-target-t...



View the latest digital issue of FS&T or browse the archive

 

Click here

 
Become a member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology
 

 

IFST Twitter Feed