Food & Drink
We understand that the food & drink industry faces unique challenges relating to hygiene, temperature, the type of loads handled & all manner of regulatory requirements.
The option for stainless steel on all of our bespoke items allows the unit to be used in clean room environments such as food & drink manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.
We understand that the food and drink industry faces unique challenges relating to hygiene, temperature, the type of loads handled and all manner of regulatory requirements.
In addition, there is a wide range of materials handling situations that arise within the production chain. These can include raw materials handling, various production processes, packing items into packages, moving and stacking containers, loading and off-site delivery.
Many of these handling situations have the potential to put employees’ muscles and joints at risk of damage, and it is an employer’s duty to ensure that it takes every opportunity to implement “reasonably practicable” solutions that protect its workers from injury.
Employees At Risk
Approximately one third* of reportable injuries in the food and drink industries are acute injuries caused by lifting and handling, with over half of these caused by lifting heavy objects. Research has suggested that three-quarters of these are preventable.
Back injuries are common and employees carrying out lighter but repetitive tasks, such as work on production lines, are also prone to persistent work-related upper limb disorders. The back, neck, shoulders and upper limbs, in particular, should be protected as these are most at risk.
What Activities Result In The Most Frequent Injuries?
Most musculoskeletal injuries in food and drink industries arise from;
- Repetitive tasks such as cutting, boning and jointing etc….
- Pushing racks or trolleys.
- Stacking/unstacking containers.
- Packing products.
- Handling heavy containers of liquids.
By focusing your risk assessments on these five areas and ensuring that employees carrying out these activities are protected, it is possible to dramatically reduce the risk of injury.
Signs a Manual Handling Solution is Required
There is a range of signs that manual handling solutions could be required:
- A high incidence of injury, particularly to backs and limbs.
- Various aches and pains.
- High levels of wastage.
- Low-quality product output.
- Low productivity.
- Frequent rest stops and complaints from employees.
- “Do-it-yourself” workstation adjustments such as extra padding on seats.
You will be aware of the regulations that require employers to assess health and safety risks to their workers. The most relevant to the Food and Drink Industry are:
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.
- Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
Our experience of working with customers demonstrates that problems caused by manual handling issues can lead to significant losses, such as sickness absence, retraining, high staff turnover, reduced productivity and low staff morale. In recent times, compensation claims are far more frequent which may lead to higher insurance premiums.
In contrast, adapting situations to support individual employees can lead to increased motivation and heightened job satisfaction. This, in turn, leads to better health and well-being, and improved efficiency and productivity.
We Can Help
We specialise in the design and build bespoke lifting and moving solutions and we can also supply a full range of standard lifting equipment solutions, many of which are built exclusively for the food and drink industry. All our solutions are designed to improve efficiency, increase effectiveness and ensure a higher level of safety.
The option for stainless steel on all of our bespoke items allows the unit to be used in clean room environments such as kitchens and food production lines.
Some of our most popular options for our food and drink customers are shown below:
Coca-Cola used our services for 13 static scissor lifts to meet their needs of lifting vending machines to a height of 1.5 metres so their employees re able to work on them. This allowed the multi-billion pound corporation to be more efficient in their productions and services, they also stated how impressed they were with Advanced Handling’s services.
*Data taken from HSE, Moving Food & Drink, 2014