alexa Safety and Health Practices in the Food Industry and Ergonomic Interventions
General Science

General Science

Journal of Ergonomics

Author(s): InJu Kim

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Occupational safety and health (OSH) problems of the food industry have not been generally perceived as a serious issue in the same way as other industries such as healthcare, transportation, mining, and construction sectors. Statistics from various countries show that OSH issues from the food sector have one of the worst records in the manufacturing industries [1,2]. Нere are also evidences that some OSH aspects in the food industry are getting worse. Despite global economic declines in the recent years, the food and drink businesses have continued to expand in response to the growing worldwide demands for processed foods and drinks [1,2]. In this context of expansion and LntensLfied competition, the food industry has experienced rationalization, restructuring, and a high level of mechanization, in both the industrialized and developing countries [1,2]. As a result, the overall worldwide employment levels in the sector have continued to expand, particularly in the highly capital-intensive drink industry has suوٴered Moreover, mechanization has oіen had the eوٴect of increasing the work volumes and the resulting stress levels of workers, as well as increasing the number of monotonous and repetitive tasks, with a consequent rise in the incidence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Increased automation has also been accompanied by higher noise levels, which has led to more workers suوٴerLng from hearing impediments [3]. Other common OSH problems in the food industry arise out of handling sharp cutting tools, exposing dusts in the air, contacting with infected animals, and increasing use of hazardous chemicals [3]

This article was published in J Ergonomics and referenced in Journal of Ergonomics

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