From food poisoning to slippery surfaces, the number of potential hazards in restaurants are endless.
How can you assess these risks? Below we cover everything you need to know about restaurant risk assessments.
A risk assessment is a process that involves identifying, analysing and controlling hazards and risks. The aim is to identify which measures are/need to be in place to control risk and ensure customers and teams are safe and your business is compliant.
There are many potential hazards in restaurants, so teams need to carry out a number of risk assessments, including:
For more examples of restaurant risk assessments, check out this HSE article.
Beyond complying with legislation, the purpose of s risk assessment is to eliminate operational risks and improve overall safety.
It is the owners/managers responsibility to perform risk assessments when:
Survey your restaurant and identify any potential hazards. We recommend using a checklist to make sure everything is covered during the assessment.
To measure a risk, consider the likelihood of it occurring as well as the severity of potential injuries. Score the risks on a scale of 1-5 (1 being low risk of injury and highly unlikely, and 5 being potentially fatal injury and very likely).
After deciding on the level of risk, it’s time to come up with effective controls to protect your team, customers and the environment.
Do not skip this step! You need to keep a formal record of your risk assessments. This helps you keep track of potential hazards and it helps you stay compliant, protecting you from any potential lawsuits.
The hard work doesn’t stop after completing the risk assessment, you need to implement the controls and if the conditions change, you might need to carry out a new risk assessment.
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Drive accountability– Trail is a complete historical record of all activity, time and date stamped with photos and comments attached where needed. So you can drive accountability and confidently prove your compliance.
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