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The catering sector is distributed throughout the country and it is mainly made of micro and small companies. This sector has a significant economic and employment importance, especially in the more touristic areas or in those where the concentration of economic activity is greater. This tool deals with the main hazards/risks in the various work areas, from food reception to the dining room, through the kitchen and canopy. It also addresses the problems associated with emergencies, as well as the structural/environmental hazards/risks and occupational safety and health management in the restaurant. The tool allows an assessment of existing risks, suggests measures to be implemented to control these risks and produces an action plan that users can adopt in order to manage health and safety in their restaurant.
This risk assessment has been produced in order to assist cooks to do their job safely. Cooks and chefs spend most of the day on their feet, and it is often necessary to lift and carry heavy bags or boxes of ingredients. The commercial kitchen is full of sharp blades and dangerously hot surfaces, so both cuts and burns are commonplace. During a busy shift the floors can become slippery from grease or moisture, creating a slipping hazard. Many of the powerful cleansers, grease cutters and sanitizers used in the industry are toxic and corrosive, presenting health risks of their own when used incorrectly. The cooks are exposed to a wide range of threats such as mechanical hazards (cutting and needle stick injuries), burns, threats of electrocution, etc. An interactive OiRA tool intended for cooks which comprises a basic description of kitchens, encourages cooperation between employees and employers and significantly contributes to improvements in the workplace and working environment.