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Food manufacturing businesses warned to pay closer attention to how they manage workplace health risks as HSE launches programme of proactive inspections

08 February 2018
Regulatory Compliance
The HSE has announced it is undertaking a programme of proactive inspections to review health and safety standards in food manufacturing businesses across the country. 
The HSE has announced it is undertaking a programme of proactive inspections to review health and safety standards in food manufacturing businesses across the country. Companies in the industry have been warned that unannounced inspections began on 2 January 2018 to ensure measures are being taken by those responsible to protect workers against health risks. 

The HSE have said that companies face the risk of serious penalties if appropriate measures are not being taken and that they will not hesitate to use enforcement action to bring about improvements.

Inspections are to focus on what the HSE have identified as two main causes of ill-health in this sector - occupational asthma, for example, from exposure to flour dust in bakeries and musculoskeletal disorders. 

All those working in the industry have been encouraged to review the HSE's advice and guidance which is published on their website.

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