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Edition No. 111

Date:- 09 August 2003

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HSE ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE 
FOR THE BAKERY INDUSTRY

A NEW book named "baker's dozen: Thirteen essentials for health and safety in bakeries" from the Health and Safety Executive provides practical and legal guidance for management and supervisory staff in bakeries as well as those with health and safety interests in bakeries.

The HSE identified certain priority topics requiring special attention as they lead to the highest rates of injury and ill health in bakery workers including musculoskeletal disorders, Occupational asthma and noise pollution as key areas in which the health of workers can be affected.

As well as providing practical solutions to health and safety problems, such as examples of local exhaust ventilation equipment suitable for controlling dust at bakery processes, the guidance also covers the relevant legal requirements and standards that apply.

Richard Morgan from HSE's Agriculture and Food Sector said:- "This guidance will assist the bakery industry in managing health and safety priorities. It draws together into one book a lot of useful information from previous HSE publications and from practical industry experience.

"The book has been written in liaison with the Health and Safety in Bakeries Liaison Committee, which is a tripartite HSE/industry/ and trade union committee that identifies priorities and produces guidance for the bakery industry."


Copies of "A baker's dozen: Thirteen Essentials for health and safety in bakeries", HSG 233, ISBN 0 7176 2616 4, price £13.50 can be ordered online at www.hsebooks.co.uk and are also available from HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2WA, Tel:- 01787-881165 or fax:- 01787-313995.

EUROPEAN ASSISTANCE FOR PREVENTION OF DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE CONTACT

RECENT RESEARCH has proved that an estimated 30 million of Europe's employees regularly come into contact at work with dangerous substances. This year's European Week beginning 13 October for Safety and Health at Work encourages everyone to think more about how to ensure these substances do not affect them and their families.

An estimated 6,000 people die from cancer due to occupational causes every year and an estimated 66,000 people suffer from new or existing skin diseases caused by work - around two thirds have dermatitis or eczema. 

Every year 7000 new cases of asthma are occupationally caused or have work as a significant factor - with an estimated cost over the next 10 years of between £600 million and £1,200 million. Many of those affected are in their prime, resulting in loss both to the individual and the employer and to families suffering in their everyday lives.

Deputy Director General of HSE Kate Timms said:- "All this is preventable. An estimated 1.3 million companies use chemicals and many are small and medium sized firms. Many of these don't think of themselves as using chemicals - they see them simply as branded products - but they can also be dangerous substances. Employers, workers and stakeholders need to use the week to start to make an impact on reducing ill health".

To obtain a free Action Pack containing a 12 page newsletter, an information pack which 
includes a mini CD-ROM is available from the Health and Safety Executive on 0800 085 0050 or at www.hse.gov.uk/euroweek

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