The Federation of Bakers Launches Revised Industry Dust Guidance ‘Blue Book’

The Federation of Bakers (FOB) has today published its revised guidance on Dust Control and Health Surveillance in Bakeries following a comprehensive review.

The review of this industry guidance which addresses one of the most significant occupational health risks in the bakery industry – respiratory exposure to flour and other ingredient dusts –  was carried out by the FOB Health and Safety Committee (FHSC) which includes representatives from all sectors of the bakery industry including the Craft Bakers and Scottish Bakers.

The publication first appeared in the ‘80’s and was last revised in 2008. It has now been updated again and reissued as a PDF download available from the FoB’s website.

This guidance provides information and advice for bakers and others working in the food manufacturing industry which, if followed, will help them reduce risk arising from employee exposure to flour and other ingredient dusts. Following the guidance will also help employers in the industry meet their duty of care for employees and contribute to ensuring health and safety compliance. In particular, the guidance provides advice on how to assess dust levels in the work-place and outlines a range of practical measures which can be taken to reduce dust exposures as low as reasonably practicable. It also contains useful advice on health surveillance.

Gordon Polson, Chief Executive of the Federation of Bakers, says: “I am sure that as before the revised guidance will be read and used throughout the baking and wider food industry.  I would like to thank all members of the FHSC who have given many hours of their time to the review of this essential industry guidance.”

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Notes to Editors:

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About the Federation of Bakers:

The Federation of Bakers Ltd represents the interests of the UK’s largest baking companies who manufacture sliced and wrapped bread, bakery snacks and other bread products.


The Federation of Bakers members include: Délifrance, Fine Lady Bakeries Limited, Geary’s Bakeries Limited, Jackson’s Bakery Limited, Kerry Ingredients & Flavours, Roberts Bakery, Warburtons Limited and WD Irwin and Sons Limited.