New Food and Drink Manufacturing Guidelines

The HSE have published a new edition of a recipe for safety (GSG252). It is for anyone who is involved in food and drink manufacturing sectors. The HSE has identified that 96% of all injuries and occupational ill health in these sectors are caused by:-

  • Machinery
  • Workplace transport
  • Working at height
  • Entry into silos and confined spaces
  • Being struck by objects and knives
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Manual handling

The occupational health issues suffered by those working in the sector include:-

  • Upper limb disorders
  • Occupational dermatitis
  • Occupational asthma
  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Work related stress

The guidance identifies that positive steps could have prevented about 80% of these cases. If these steps are not followed then you will find it hard to convince an inspector that you have done enough to comply with your legal duties.

You can find A Recipe for Safety on the HSE website.

This post is taken from our monthly Tips & Advice newsletter for April 2015.

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