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HSE and food manufacture

The food and drink manufacturing industry actually comprises over 30 different industries. These range from slaughterhouses, sugar refineries and grain mills to malt manufacture and whisky distilling.

These industries have seen remarkable reductions in injuries and occupational ill health over the past 20 years. However continued targeted effort is required to ensure further reductions.

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Reducing injuries and occupational ill health

An ongoing Recipe for Safety initiative between the food and drink industries and HSE has resulted in the overall injury rate dropping by over 50% since 1990/91.

Even so, over quarter of all manufacturing injuries occur in the food and drinks industries. In the ten year period April 2000 to March 2010 almost 77,000 workers in the food and drink industries suffered an injury reportable to HSE and there were 36 fatal injuries (excluding contractors). Indeed the overall injury rate in food manufacture is higher than the average for manufacturing industries generally. However injury rates vary considerably between the different food and drink industries.

The main causes of injury continue to be:

Of these, the main causes of fatal injury continue to be workplace transport (including FLTs), falls from height and machinery.

The main causes of occupational ill health are:


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Updated 2020-12-16