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Reducing Workplace Injuries for Food Manufacturers
In 2019/2020, 480,000 workers suffered from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (new or longstanding), with 8.9 million working days lost. The risk of injury is also much higher in manufacturing, with manufacturing, the food service and wholesale industries all reporting higher than average rates of self-reported workplace injury.
At QJS (UK) Ltd, we offer flexible solutions to food manufacturers to improve labour efficiency and operative safety.
Back and limb injuries are easily avoided
HSE reports that in 2019/20, 37% of musculoskeletal injuries were back related and 44% were upper limb or neck related. These musculoskeletal disorders can affect muscles, joints and tendons in all parts of the body.
Episodic or chronic in duration, they can result from injuries sustained in work-related accidents and progress from mild to severe. Whilst seldom life threatening, musculoskeletal disorders can seriously impair the quality of life for those who suffer from them.
Most musculoskeletal disorders can develop in occupational settings due to the physical tasks that an operative or individual carry out, including:
Fixed on constrained body poisitions
Continual repetition of movements
Forced concentrated on small parts of the body such as the hand or wrist
A pace of work that does not allow for sufficient recovery between movements
The main cause of work-related musculoskeletal disorders was identified in the Labour Force Survey as manual handling or working in awkward/tiring positions, whilst The General Practitioner's Network (THOR-GP) reported the majority of musculoskeletal disease cases as due to heavy lifting and material manipulation.
How to Look After your Hygiene Operatives
Choosing the right equipment
Whilst the amount of days lost due to self reported work-related musculoskeletal disorders is decreasing (from around 0.5 per worker in 2001 to 0.3 per worker in 2020), much more can still be done to ensure employees have the best tools to complete their tasks at work.
The new Strongholdrange of wash guns have an easy-hold trigger to combat repetitive strain injury and improve comfort. The Stronghold wash guns improve operator safety and cleaning efficiency as you can apply quality foam at the exact quantity desired.
To reduce back injuries, you should also consider a retractable or portable hose reel. Not only do these offer a hygienic, sturdy and reliable hose storage solution, but they also reduce trip hazards in the factory setting and can reduce back injuries by removing the manual hose handling operation for your team.
All of our chemical application equipment is also available as portable units. If your hygiene team are currently having to disinfect their station or area in an awkward position or through manual scrubbing, consider changing to the Technifogger 40, which with its compact and manoeuvrable design can clean even hard to reach areas.
For full production line systems, we also have both self-cleaning spray bar systems and hose reel tracking that prevents cross contamination from floor to line whilst eliminating any back injury from lifting hoses.
Contact us for a consultation
If you are looking for your food manufacturing team to be more efficient, reduce on labour costs, energy saving or increased sustainability - then get in touch with our team.
We offer a full consultation service including site surveys and bespoke products, so see what QJS (UK) Ltd can do for you.
Figures from https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/ - Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence
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