Safety at Work

Kitchen Workplace Safety

Health and safety in a workplace kitchen is as important as the rest of the workplace. But it's often overlooked because we all know how to be safe in a kitchen, don't we? And it's just housekeeping, isn't it?

Kitchen safety is essential if you don't want accidents or a fire. Have you trained every employee in fire prevention? What about first aid training? And don't forget the first aid refresher courses every two years! Do you have fire extinguishers and a fire blanket?

Kitchen safety at work is underrated. Here's how you can make your workplace kitchen a safer place for your employees…

Why you need to remember the obvious

Have you ever seen someone with burns from a kitchen fire? How many times have you accidentally scalded yourself? Plus, think about how dangerous sharp knives and broken plates or glass lying around can be.

In a kitchen, you have your safety to take care of, and your co-workers' as well. Prevention is better than any cure. A kitchen is a dangerous place to begin with. But you can make it safer by following a few rules. Let me elaborate

Quick tips for making your workplace kitchen a safer place

  • When carrying knives, always keep them pointed down.
  • When moving hot foods in pots or pans, tell people.
  • If you smell gas, check the stove.
  • If soap or oil spills on the floor, clean it with hot water immediately.
  • Keep the floors clean and dry at all times.
  • Wrap up broken glass before throwing it in the bin.
  • Never overload your electrical circuits.
  • Test and tag your equipment regularly.
  • Include kitchen safety in your regular safety meetings.
  • Make sure you document the evidence that you've looked for kitchen hazards and put in place appropriate risk controls.

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