Dairy products

Main causes of injury

  • Manual handling and lifting - especially heavy loads or sharp edges
  • Slips - mostly due to wet floors
  • Being struck by objects - mostly falling objects, sometimes hand tools
  • Exposure to harmful substances - cleaning fluids, fume, splashes, CIP failures, steam, hot water
  • Falls from height - off ladders, stairs, tanks and from vehicles/tankers
  • Transport - including tanker movements and lift trucks
  • Machinery - lifting machines, conveyors, packaging machines

Main occupational ill health risks

  • Musculoskeletal injury from manual handling wheeled racks, containers etc
  • Work-related upper limb disorders (WRULDs), eg from repetitive packing work
  • Noise induced hearing loss from noisy plant, eg homogenisers, bottling lines, blast chillers, pneumatics
  • Respiratory irritation from breathing fumes such as chlorine, hypochlorite and ammonia from cleaning operations and refrigeration plant.

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Updated 2023-06-15