The accident solicitor in Atherstone team at Accident Advice Helpline have to deal with some cases that are brought by people who have been injured at work. Workplace cases are as variable as one of the most common workplace accident claims are from catering premises because so many people work in catering premises.
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There are many potential hazards in food preparation and food service areas and these accident solicitor in Atherstone cases are prevented in most premises by carrying out a thorough workplace risk assessment. A risk assessment that is designed to prevent accidents may include some of the following elements.
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There are five main steps to a small catering premises risk assessment and they are:
- Identifying the hazards. There are several ways in which the person completing the risk assessment can do this. If they are the manager of the premises then they will already have a good working knowledge about what goes on, so can use their own experience and knowledge. The Health and Safety Executive provides plenty of information about the sorts of hazards that can occur in catering premises. This information is readily available on their website and easy to access. Having a walk around the premises, talking to staff and looking at the accident book are also useful.
- Once the hazards have been identified then the manager should pin-point exactly which employees could be harmed by the hazard and how. This is called the process of identifying who is at risk.
- Controls for minimising or removing the hazards need to be identified. If there are already controls in place then they should be reviewed to check if they are working or if they need changing in some way.
- The controls and actions identified above need to be put in place and implemented properly. This can only be done if all of the employees are made aware of it so there should be a method of bringing it to their attention. If there are any workers who may have difficulties understanding the risk assessment (e.g. because they do not speak English well enough) then they should have the risk assessment explained to them in a language that they understand.
- It is not sufficient to just carry out a risk assessment and then forget about it. Risk assessments are constantly changing documents. Staff, working practices and equipment are constantly changing and so the risk assessment must be continually reviewed to ensure that it is always up to date. There may be a regular dates for review and there may be further reviews after accidents and ‘near misses’ where someone nearly got hurt.
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Date Published: 19th July 2013
Author: Sharon Parry