Bakers are being offered a free health service to combat work-related illness.

Launched yesterday, the government-funded Health for Work Adviceline offers free, tailored occupational health advice and support to managers or employees in organisations in England, who are experiencing problems with physical or mental ill health.

Employers and workers can benefit from telephone advice, live web-based chat and over 200 easy-to-access guides. 

According to Syngentis, an estimated 100,000 bakers work for SMEs across the UK. Bakers are about 80 times more likely to develop occupational asthma than the average British worker, and they are also at risk from musculoskeletal injury from manual handling.

The Adviceline is part of Health, Work and Well-being, a government-led initiative to improve the health and well-being of working age people in the UK.

Users will be offered tailored results drawn from a bank of over 200 management guides on work-health topics, as well as from The Adviceline’s blogs.