A bakery company based in Hertfordshire has been fined for safety failings.
Stevenage Magistrates’ Court heard how Arnaouti Pitta Bread Bakery Ltd was inspected in April 2015 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and four Improvement notices were issued.
HSE found the electrical network was not operated or maintained in a safe condition, guarding to machinery was not up to standard, and there was no health surveillance for exposure to flour dust. HSE prosecuted the firm after they failed to comply with the improvements set out in the notices within the deadline.
Arnaouti Pitta Bread Bakery Limited, of Stephenson Close, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to contravening the requirements imposed by the Improvement Notices, to breaching Regulation11(1) of the Provision(and Use) of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Regulation 4(2) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, and Regulation 11 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002. They were fined £36,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1912.80.
Phoenix comment “The prosecution from the HSE highlighted many failures, even after previous notices had been served, including the lack of health surveillance for dust exposure. Dust is not always an obvious hazard because the particles which cause the most damage are often invisible to the naked eye and the health effects of exposure can take years to develop respiratory conditions. Flour dust is also a respiratory sensitisers which can cause occupational, rhinitis and extrinsic allergic alveolitis. The COSHH Regulations require employers to assess the risk to their employees, and to prevent or adequately control the exposure of employees to substances hazardous to health”.