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Health and safety in the laundries and dry-cleaning industries


This website will help you manage the main risks in laundry and dry-cleaning, as well as provide you with regular updates on health and safety issues.


The main causes of injury are:

  • manual handling / MSDs
  • slips and trips
  • hit by moving or falling objects
  • contact with moving machinery


The main causes of ill health are:

  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • WRULDs
  • Noise induced hearing loss
  • Respiratory irritation
  • Occupational dermatitis
  • Blood borne viruses - Laundry treatments at high and low temperatures

Main causes of injury / occupational ill health

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Updated 2019-02-05