Occupational Hygiene - Flour Dust



Dust can pose a serious risk to the health of employees in many industries, but mill and bakery workers are at particular risk from the dangers of flour dust.


Exposure to flour dust during processing can cause coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, hoarseness, eye problems, conjunctivitis, rhinitis and sinusitis, which may lead to occupational asthma.



Reducing exposure to flour dust

Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) 2002.

As part of this, the law states that exposure to flour dust should be reduced below the guidance of 10mg/m3 as far as reasonably practicable and Bureau Veritas can support you in being able to achieve this by developing a workplace exposure monitoring programme.

Effective dust control measures including Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV), must be regularly inspected by a competent person in line with requirements to ensure it is fit for purpose and in full working order.

There are additional measures that employees can take, such as starting mixers slowly and not using brushes to sweep dry dust as well as using alternative flours.


Your occupational hygiene partner

Bureau Veritas works with employers to help achieve and maintain occupational health and safety in line with all relevant regulations.

We have a nationwide network of occupational hygiene consultants, on hand to support your specific bakery and mill requirements, backed by the health and safety expertise of a trusted global leader.

Services

• Achieve and maintain compliance with all relevant regulations
• Demonstrate your commitment to the health and safety of employees
• Add efficiency savings to your organisation
• Achieve a potential reduction in sickness
• Improve overall productivity of your operations
• Gain complete peace of mind from a trusted, independent compliance partner
• Access to a full range of testing, inspection and certification services from qualified Bureau Veritas experts


Benefits

• Workplace exposure assessments
• Mechanical inspections including Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV)
• Provide consultancy / advise on processes
• Develop workplace exposure monitoring programme

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