Risk assessments are a method of an employer identifying all the hazards that their employees are exposed to during their working day. It allows the employer to put steps in place to reduce the risk of an accident in the workplace occurring because of these hazards.
They have to be updated regularly, as the working environment and practices change regularly. There are also frequent updates to the advice on how best to reduce certain accidents.
One workplace where accidents can commonly happen is the kitchen. It is a busy, hot environment with a lot of movement of both staff and substances. It is inevitable that some of the substances will end up on the floor and slips, trips and falls can happen.
If an employee has suffered a slip, trip or fall in a commercial kitchen which was not their fault, they may be able to make a claim for compensation by contacting Accident Advice helpline. They will have to be able to show that someone else is at fault for the accident.
Here are some steps that may feature in accidents in the workplace kitchen.
Four ways to prevent accidents in the workplace kitchen
- Cleaning regimes – risk assessments include details on cleaning. The floor in a commercial kitchen must be kept clean. The cleaning routine must be clear, so everyone should know who is responsible for the cleaning and when the cleaning should be done. Cleaning kitchen floors is a specialised task; the correct equipment and cleaning products should be supplied. If a non-slip floor is not cleaned with the correct cleaning products, it will lose its non-slip characteristics. The cleaning process itself should not present an additional hazard by making the floor wet at busy times.
- Managing spillages – this is a key aspect of risk assessments. A perfectly clean floor will become slippery as soon as something is spilt on it, and this is particularly hazardous if the substance is greasy. All staff must be aware of what to do immediately following a spillage and steps should be taken to avoid spillages in the first place as far as possible.
- Non-slip floors – these can be an effective way of reducing the risk in some areas. Non-slip floors must be fitted correctly and should be of the correct construction for the particular area in which they are being used. They must also be maintained and cleaned correctly. A worn non-slip floor is not as effective at reducing risk.
- Footwear – in some circumstances, sensible footwear is not enough, so risk assessments may include details of this. Staff may be provided with non-slip footwear which is comfortable and acceptable to the people who have to wear it. The footwear needs to be reviewed and replaced as necessary.
If you need advice on accidents in the workplace kitchen, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 today for expert help with making your personal injury compensation claim.
Date Published: 7th May 2013
Author: Sharon Parry