In the bakery
This information is for people that work in bakeries, flour mills, kitchens and food preparation areas. It gives information on things in the workplace that could damage the lungs and advice on how to protect them.
What are the hazards?
These are some of the hazards you may come into contact with at work.
Working with flour creates a lot of dust, and can lead to dust clouds in the air.
From improver products and other ingredients like egg, soya, spices, citrus oils and flavourings.
You may also be exposed to cleaning products, including:
- Benzalkonium chloride (quaternary ammonium compound) – found in disinfectants and cleaners for floors and hard surfaces
- Chlorine-based agents (sodium hypochlorite) – the main ingredient in bleach
- Some scents within cleaning products, e.g. limonene, which gives some products a citrus smell
- Isothiazolinones – used in some washing up liquids and laundry washing liquids
Smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung conditions like COPD and lung cancer
If you smoke, you will be at a much higher risk of developing a lung condition.