Skin and Respiratory Sensitisers - Your Questions

Last reviewed on 20/11/2012 14:44

Question: Why is flour dust an issue and what should I be doing about it?

A: The HSE regularly carries out visits to assess what bakeries are doing to manage exposures to flour and other dusts.

Exposure to any dust can cause health problems.

Flour and bakery dust can cause:

  • irritation to the eyes (conjunctivitis), resulting in watering, painful eyes
  • irritation to the nose (rhinitis), resulting in a runny nose
  • occupational dermatitis, resulting in redness, itching and blistering of the skin
  • asthma and asthma attacks.

The aim of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, is to control exposure to hazardous substances such as flour dust to prevent ill health.

Further advice is provided in the Health and Safety Executive publication A Baker’s Dozen – Thirteen Essentials for Health and Safety in Bakeries.

The book was developed in conjunction with the Bakery Industry. It is intended for people who have management, supervisory or other health and safety interests in bakeries.

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