Food Manufacturing Safety and PPE

Posted by Melissa Hall in #YHSafetyTips, Sep 26, 2018

Safety comes first in maintaining a healthy and productive environment for workers in the food & beverage industry. A study by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that workers in the food manufacturing industry are at greater risk of injuries than their peers in other industries.

The most common injuries reported by workers in the food manufacturing industry include:

  • Cuts and amputations from improper use of knives, cutters, choppers and grinders
  • Burns and scalds from open flames, hot oils, steam, ovens, and improper handling of utensils
  • Itching, swelling or redness of the skin from exposure to extreme temperatures, detergents or cleaning solutions, additives, and pesticides on fruits & vegetables
  • Slips and falls from slippery or cluttered floors or inadequate lighting
  • Soreness or loss of function in wrists and arms from working too long in one position or repeated non-ergonomic movements

Injuries may be prevented by implementing a workplace safety program, utilizing ergonomic equipment, and ensuring all employees use the proper PPE for their job.

PPE for the Food & Beverage Industry

Required PPE for workers in the food & beverage industry ranges from gloves, protective coveralls or aprons, protective eyewear, masks or respirators, and slip resistant footwear.

Depending on your work environment, your employer may require gloves that are composed of cut resistant material, thermal protection and/or liquid protection.

Masks or respirators should be worn when workers are exposed to grain dust, flour or chemical additives during the manufacturing process.

Protective coveralls, aprons and protective eyewear help protect workers from burns, scalds or skin discomfort by covering exposed skin and providing a thermal barrier.

Footwear equipped with slip resistant soles and steel toe boots help protect works from slips or falls on wet surfaces, as well as provide protection from misuse of knives or cutters.

Ergonomic and Safety Equipment

Reduce strain and fatigue in the workplace by eliminating manual lifting with options including pallet lifts, adjustable work stations, platform lifts, and ergonomic lifting equipment. YorkHoist can source a variety of options and install the option that best fits your operation’s needs.

Add a second level of slip and fall protection by adding slip resistant mats, drainage mats and spill containment systems in wet production areas or areas that are prone to spills.

We recommend conducting a safety audit periodically to ensure that your facility, employees and management team are equipped with the necessary tools to keep all workers safe while on the job.

Contact your YorkHoist representative for all of your industrial solutions supplies.

If you haven’t read last week’s post on Silica Dust Safety, read it here .

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