Food Safety

The food and beverage industry has one of the highest rates of job-related injuries and illnesses. According to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, U.S. food industry workers have a 60% higher rate of occupational illness and injury compared to workers in non-food industries and a lost-time industry more than twice as high.

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Food Safety


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From food production and processing to distribution, storage, and retail, the industry is fraught with many different hearing, respiratory, eye and face, hand, head and fall hazards including the following:

  • Prolonged or repeated exposure to excessive noise levels
  • Exposure to chemicals and contaminants used to protect raw materials and equipment from cross contamination and particle or microbial contamination during handling and cleaning
  • Exposure to airborne dust, chemical splashes, hot liquids, extreme temperature changes and other materials and situations that put worker’s eyes and vision at risk
  • Exposure to biological hazards Potential skin absorption of harmful substances; severe lacerations, cuts, punctures, and abrasions; extreme temperatures and burns
  • Working in extreme temperatures, low visibility, confined spaces, and other risky environmental conditions Exposure to falling objects from using forklifts that move pallets, crates, and packages around the facility for storage
  • Exposure to wet surfaces and unsecure walkways

Without proper PPE, all of these hazards are potential injuries (and possibly even fatalities) waiting to happen. However, with the appropriate food safety tools and equipment, you can protect your workers from the daily, on-the-job hazards they face while also increasing productivity, efficiency, and peace of mind.

To help ensure safe and healthy working conditions, OSHA has set and is enforcing the following regulations regarding PPE usage for the food industry, including the following:

  • 29 CFR 1910.133 – Eye and face protection
  • 29 CFR 1910.134 – Respiratory protection
  • 29 CFR 1910.138 – Hand protection
  • 29 CFR 1910.95 – Hearing protection

Saf-T-Gard offers a comprehensive selection of personal protective equipment and safety supplies for the food industry that are compliant with a variety of industry and regulatory standards, including standards from OSHA, ANSI, and CSA. From aprons, coveralls, hairnets and beardnets, safety glasses and safety goggles, faceshields and facemasks and disposable respirators to boots and shoe covers, safety gloves, protective clothing, earplugs and earmuffs and various other accessories, Saf-T-Gard has the job-specific food safety equipment your workers need that deliver optimal protection, comfort, and performance in a wide range of food environments.