It is recognised that there a number of health issues in the paper industry that can affect employees. PABIAC has been working with industry through its strategic objectives to target key occupational health areas for improvement. The 3 biggest health issues for the paper industry have been highlighted as:
- Dust - In paper manufacturing and recycling companies paper dust can be a problem. Find out here what steps you need to take to protect workers.
- Manual handling - In paper, board and recovered paper sector companies, manual handling is still one of the biggest causes if injury. It is not only the weight of the materials being handled but also the size and nature of the products that can cause problems. This section describes what you need to do to prevent your employees being injured as a result of manual handling activities.
- Noise - Most workplaces where machinery is used have potential noise issues. The effects of people being exposed to high levels of noise in the workplace aren't seen immediately. It is usually some years later when employees develop health issues related to noise exposure. This section will help you to find out if noise in the workplace is an issue for you, and if it is what you need to do about it.