Inspection program looks at safety in WA commercial kitchens

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WorkSafe WA will conduct a proactive inspection program to look at safety standards and issues in commercial kitchens.

The program will focus on kitchens located in a range of workplaces including cafés, food courts and accommodation premises in metropolitan and regional areas of the State.

WorkSafe Director Sally North said the most common types of injury in kitchens include cuts and muscular stress injuries, with a high proportion of the muscular stress injuries being long-term.

“Long-term injuries bring with them all the direct and indirect costs of treatment and return to work plans, so it is definitely better to have a prevention plan in place,” Ms. North said.

“WorkSafe has an extensive schedule of proactive inspection programs concentrating on particular industries or activities aimed at providing employers and employees with information on how to make workplaces safer.”

WorkSafe said inspectors will concentrate on the priority areas of manual tasks, electricity, slips, trips and falls, and use of hazardous substances.

They will also look at safety issues related to new and young workers, maintenance of first aid facilities, fire precautions, emergency egress, burns protection, air temperature, guarding of meat slicers and provision of appropriate personal protective equipment.

Inspectors will conduct the inspections with the aid of a checklist to ensure consistency across all workplaces.

“The Retail & Services Team will inspect workplaces with a primary focus of raising awareness and providing information to employers and employees, but enforcement action will be taken if breaches of the laws are found,” Ms. North said.

“These proactive inspection programs aim to help employers to comply with workplace safety laws, and we firmly believe that raising awareness is the best way in which to lessen the risk of work-related injury and illness.”

For more information, go to www.worksafe.wa.gov.au.

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