Prevención de riesgos laborales en pescaderías y cárnicas

ORP or occupational risk prevention in fish and meat processing plants.

ORP or occupational risk prevention is fundamental in any sector of the economy. The main objective is to prevent the health of workers from being affected in any way, for which it is necessary to know the dangers.

By understanding them, the appropriate protections can be put in place to ensure safety.


Employees in fish and meat processing plants are exposed to a wide variety of occupational hazards. These manifest themselves in one form or another throughout their daily work. Whether it is from using a knife or handling the raw material itself, workers can get hurt. To delve deeper into the subject, there is nothing better than knowing some important hazards.

  • Risk when using machinery and tools. Workers can suffer injuries to hands and fingers when using knives, saws and other cutting tools. Entrapment is also possible if clothing is too loose.
  • Cross-contamination. When handling different foods, there is always the possibility of contracting diseases. This risk increases if hands are not washed properly or the raw material is not treated with due care.
  • Extreme temperatures. Working conditions often impose excessive cold. It is not uncommon for certain cuts of fish to be kept in sub-zero cold storage, which can lead to serious damage such as frostbite of limbs.
  • Chemical hazards. Another source of illness or allergies is due to exposure to products used for cleaning and disinfection, especially if they are poorly stored or preserved.
  • Risk of falls. A spill of blood, water or ice can cause a slip. The same applies when floors are wet and non-slip footwear is not worn.


The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is indispensable for the above-mentioned risks. One of the most important items is gloves, as they prevent an accidental cut from wreaking havoc. In addition, they are adapted to the different tasks to be performed and the type of knife. For example, mesh gloves will be used when handling a machete for chopping meat.

Footwear is another PPE that should not be missing. It protects the feet against blows from a falling object, but also contributes to maintaining the worker’s stability or comfort. Such is the case with Hydrotech boots, which are highly comfortable, breathable and prevent slipping. They also remain lightweight even when wet.

Ultimately, if the OHS in fish and meat processing plants is inadequate, it is the workers who suffer the consequences. Fortunately, PPE promotes safe, comfortable working environments and ensures effectiveness regardless of the hazards of the task at hand.