Working conditions for Bakers

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Working Conditions

  • Always work indoors.
  • May work part time or full time.
  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact.
  • Have a low level of social contact. They work mostly with baking tools and ingredients.
  • Repeat the same physical activities, such as kneading and rolling dough.
  • May work early mornings, late evenings, holidays, and weekends. This is more likely for bakers who work in restaurants, grocery stores, and bakery shops.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations, depending on the work setting. Bakers who produce large quantities for manufacturing companies are more likely to be exposed to cuts and minor burns. However, injuries are usually slight.
  • Sometimes wear a special uniform.
  • Must allow the speed of equipment to determine the work pace. For example, bakers must plan work so that new batches can be prepared while others bake.
  • Are, on rare occasions, exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures.

Physical Demands

  • Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired.
  • Use hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
  • Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
  • Make fast, simple, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and wrists.
  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in one place.
  • Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with the body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Make repetitive motions.
  • Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.
  • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.
  • Use fingers or hands to grasp, move, or assemble small objects.
  • Stand.
  • React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet.
  • See difference among colors, shades, and brightness.