Published: 26 June 2017 by Carl Weston
If you’re running a pub you will no doubt be aware of the various health and safety laws affecting you.
Though these might not be at the front of your mind given the torrent of issues hitting pubs at the moment, such as soaring business rates, inflation and the national living wage, they still form a vital part of your operations.
So you might be interested to know that the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has published results from its latest study into the UK’s food and drink industry.
You might not be too surprised to learn that the most common injury is ‘slips and trips’. This concurs with information from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) showing that occupations most affected are: kitchen assistants, chefs and waiting staff.
Your simple four step solution
Obviously it is impossible to ensure that accidents never happen on your premises. After all, you are working in an environment that has many different tripping hazards, not to mention one that uses large amounts of liquids each day. And if you have a kitchen, these liquids will often contain high grease or oil content and leave slippery residues on your floors.
That said, you must ensure that your employees and anyone else who could be affected by your work (such as visitors and members of the public), are kept safe from harm.
With that in mind, here are some tips for avoiding slips and trips on your premises.
If you are unsure about how to produce a risk assessment here is a useful link to an HSE example for a pub: http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/casestudies/pub.htm
And you must have an emergency first aid kit and at least one appointed person to take charge of your first aid arrangements, which includes keeping your kit properly stocked.
You should also ensure your teams are aware of your first aid process.
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