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A guide to health and safety in the manufacturing sector

By Linda Jackson on 30 October 2016

Whether you are processing milk into cheese or manufacturing chocolate pudding, your work environment includes a host of hazardous equipment such as man eating mixers, finger chopping bowl cutters and more knives than a second grade karate movie.  Check out the Department of labour’s take on this workplace.

There is no one size fits all the occupational health and safety management systems. It’s all about the hazards you have to deal with, depending on where you are in the food chain.

The Department of Labour have recognised this and have provided a number of very useful guides to assist with getting to grips with the real issues – where you are at.

So you are a primary or secondary processor or al fully automated manufacturer, you still employee people who can get hurt.

Make sure you down load this useful guide.

It will help guide you in identifying these issues in your own establishment.

Common issues in a manufacturing plant

  • Indoor air quality and pollution
  • Repetitive motion
  • Lifting, carrying and standing
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Working with hazardous chemicals
  • Working at extreme temperatures
  • Machine safety
  • Electrical hazards
  • Hazards associated with waste

Bear in mind this may not be an exhaustive list. The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires you conduct your own hazard identification and risk assessment. This will at least give you a head start.

Download Useful Document - Occupational Health and Safety in food & bev.pdf