Find advice and guidance from our practical training sessions held during 2010-2011 for chefs and managers of large local seafront hotels and catering outlets.
The training explained the legal requirements surrounding dangerous kitchen equipment and how to reduce associated accidents.
Download Guidance Sheets
You can download two safety guidance sheets from the events in PDF format below.
The sheets cover managing health and safety of dangerous kitchen equipment, and hazards and precautions associated with specific types of equipment, to help managers undertake suitable and sufficient risk assessments.
Reducing Common Injuries
John Demetriou, a former head chef, now one of the council's Environmental Health Officers for food and health and safety, organised the training as part of our work to reduce injuries to catering staff from dangerous kitchen equipment.
Such injuries are on the increase nationally, with new workers two and a half times more likely to be injured than existing employees.
Examples of common injuries reported are:
Practical Kitchen Demonstrations
The training events looked at employers’ legal responsibilities to ensure equipment ranging from knives to stoves is suitable, safe and well maintained.
Further discussion covered the need for proper instruction, training and supervision, safe operating and cleaning methods, adequate first aid provisions and accident reporting procedures. The training sessions also included practical kitchen demonstrations.
Help and Advice for Local Chefs
The events provided an opportunity to train head chefs and managers from large catering outlets ranging from the Hydro Hotel to the Harvester restaurant in the marina over the last year.
Altogether 22 local catering outlets were represented at the three events. The latest event was held at the Langham Hotel on 2 March 2011 and previous sessions were held on 8 July and 1 December 2010.
Targeted health and safety events such as these are an effective means to communicate key safety messages to help reduce injuries in the workplace and help break down barriers between enforcers and the businesses they inspect.
You are at: www.eastbourne.gov.uk/cateringequipment