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Preventing back pain and other aches and pains to kitchen staff

HSE InfoLine : 10 March, 2006  (Company News)
Back pain and manual handling injuries are among the most common occupational ill health problems in the UK. In catering and hospitality industry kitchens there are many tasks that without proper controls can cause back pain or upper limb injuries.
Back pain and manual handling injuries are among the most common occupational ill health problems in the UK. In catering and hospitality industry kitchens there are many tasks that without proper controls can cause back pain or upper limb injuries.

In 2004/2005 an estimated 2 million people suffered occupational ill health with back pain and upper limb disorders accounting for around three quarters of this figure.

Aimed at raising awareness amongst employers the guidance offers practical information on good manual handling techniques and lifting aids that will be useful to any section of the hospitality industry. It also offers specific information for kitchen staff on significant risk areas such as pot washing, dishwashing, preparing food, storage and cleaning.

The guidance supports and supplements HSE's Better BACKS campaign launched in June 2005 (www.betterbacks.hse.gov.uk), which promoted practical tips to employees and businesses on managing back pain and tackling manual handling problems at source.
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