Corporations, as well as workers in the food manufacturing industry, have been informed that they are to be more strenuous with their approach to workplace safety or face considerable fines.
Inspections carried out by the HSE (some unannounced) will assess the causes of occupational asthma and musculoskeletal disorders- currently the two largest contributors to injury and ill-health within the industry.
These new rules come after the HSE announced its manufacturing sector plan, which has put reducing injuries and ill-health at the forefront of their objectives.
One of the most prominent causes occupational asthma has been identified as exposure to floor dust. Musculoskeletal disorders contribute to the largest percentage of injuries at work within the food manufacturing industry. The HSE has stated at the same time that these incidents can be easily prevented- so long as companies have a sound knowledge of risk control. The anticipated inspections set out to establish whether precautions are being taken to protect workers- where hazardous work environments are found, it’s reported that HSE will not waver in using strong fines in attempts to bring about improvements.
“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.” Stated HSE’s head of Manufacturing Sector John Rowe.
“HSE is calling on anyone working in the industry to take the time to refresh their knowledge of our advice and guidance, available for free on our website.”
“Food manufacturing companies should do the right thing by protecting workers’ health; everyone has the right to go home healthy from work.”