You should identify the hazards associated with your business. It is best to record them in some way so that you can:
You can prevent most workplace injuries and illnesses if you identify workplace hazards and eliminate or minimise the risks from them.
Controlling (or Miminising) Hazards
Ways to minimise the risks associated with hazards include the following:
Once a hazard has been identified, work through the Risk Control Hierarchy to determine the best way of controlling (ie. either eliminating or minimising) the risks associated with that hazard. The Risk Control Hierarchy identifies six different ways of controlling hazards, in order of preference. If the first method in the hierarchy is not feasible, then move on to the second possible method, and so on, until you identify an appropriate means of minimising or controlling the risk for the hazard in question.
An option from higher up the list is always preferred to one lower down the list. In actual practice, however, you may find that a number of these controls may sometimes be used for the same hazard.
The 6 steps in the Risk Control Hierarchy are:
Hand, foot and eye protection used in the hospitality industry
Type of PPE
When to use
Cleaning with or handling chemicals (check the MSDS for specific glove requirements)
Handling garbage, doing landscaping, or working in storage areas
Disposable waterproof gloves
Cleaning blood and other body fluids.
Cutting and equipment cleaning operations.
Working in and around kitchens.
Operating landscaping equipment.
Footwear with ankle support
For general eye protection.
Safety goggles and face shields
Working with chemicals that may splash.
Consider Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is equipment or clothing worn by a worker to prevent or minimise exposure to specific hazards. Examples of PPE include respirators, gloves, as well as head, eye, and foot protection.
PPE should be your last line of defence. Before considering PPE, try to eliminate or minimise the risks using other means. For example, use less hazardous chemicals or modify work processes or equipment.
Common Hazards in the Hospitality Sector
The following are some common hazards in the hospitality industry as well as some suggestions for how to reduce the risks associated with these hazards.