Whether you’re cooking a family meal at home or you’re preparing to serve hundreds of guests lunch at a bar or restaurant, it’s important to bear health and safety measures in mind to prevent burn injuries and reduce the risk of accidents at work.
How to avoid burn injuries when cooking with oil
Cooking is one of the riskiest activities when it comes to burn injuries. Dealing with hot pans and ovens and working in a stressful, hectic and busy environment carries risks and anyone who works in a professional kitchen should be encouraged to comply with safety guidelines and employ safe and effective cooking techniques in a bid to reduce the risk of work injuries.
Many home cooks and professional chefs use oil on a regular basis and cooking with hot oil is one of the main causes of kitchen accidents and burns. If you use oil when cooking, it’s important to keep an eye on your pans, stand well back, especially if the oil is spitting, wear an apron or chef whites and control the heat carefully.
Preventing injuries in the kitchen
The kitchen is statistically the most dangerous place in the home and working in a professional kitchen also carries a high risk of injuries at work. If you are cooking, never leave the stove unattended, always keep pan handles turned away from the front of the oven to avoid catching them as you walk past and prevent accidents involving small children and wear oven gloves to take food out of the oven. Take care to follow the user instructions when operating electrical appliances and let people know if you are passing them with a hot pan or dish so that they can move out of your way. Keep your kitchen clear of slip and trip hazards, such as bags, items of clothing and litter and always ensure that any spillages are cleared up quickly and wet floors are marked with a sign to alert colleagues.
If you’ve been injured at work and you were not to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline to talk to someone about claiming work accident compensation. You have a right to claim work injury compensation if you have been involved in a work accident in the last 3 years and you can prove that you were not at fault. Call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 or visit the website and take the 30-second eligibility test to see if you could make a successful personal injury claim.