Top Tips for Health and Safety in Restaurants
Health and food safety are the main concerns of any restaurant. While the majority of advice is common sense, there are ways you can reduce the possibility of a workplace accident both in the kitchen and on the floor.
In an article from Modern Restaurant Management, author Tom Larkin writes, “When you have multiple staff in a confined space, you increase the risk of accidents. Of course, you cannot always expand your kitchen or move sites, but it’s important to train your staff on effective communication within a space, especially if you have multiple chefs, KPs and trainees crammed in one room”.
In the article Larkin discusses:
- Consider the size of your space
- Create work zones that work
- Understand food safety
- Ensure staff safety
Larkin continues, “In 2015-2016 alone, it was estimated that 4.5 million workdays were lost due to workplace accidents and injury, and some companies have been slapped with hefty fines for failing to protect workers from injury . It’s much easier and cheaper to to put these measures in place – slip-resistant mats, shoes, better kitchen design, etc. – than to face the legal consequences of an inadequate health and safety plan”. What safety precautions does your restaurant take? Can you implement more?
To read more, see the full article from Tom Larkin in Modern Restaurant Management.