Health and safety in the printing industry

Printing employs around 120,000 workers in mainly small and medium-sized companies. The most common types of accidents are manual handling (27%), slips and trips (22%) and machinery (22%).

The three most common types of accidents reported are:

Managing printing safely

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Handfed platens

Following two fatal accidents, HSE has produced new guidance for all employers who use handfed platens.

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Health and safety made simple

This site is for employers and those who want some basic information on what they must do to make sure their businesses comply with health and safety law.

The basics for your business

HSE and printing

HSE's manufacturing sector works with the UK printing industry at a national level through employers, trade unions, trade associations and other intermediaries.

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Updated: 2022-01-19