Posted on: 25 May 2021

Don’t let scalds land you in hot water

In the hospitality industry, hot water has many uses, including making drinks, cooking food and hygiene, but working with hot water can open the door to potential injuries.

Scalds are the most common injuries caused by hot water and can be very serious depending on the temperature of the water and how much of the body is exposed. Take a look at some of our tips on how you can reduce the risk of hot water injuries in your hospitality business.

Preventing scald injuries

Reducing the risk of hot water injuries can be extremely difficult, especially when hot water is such a necessary part of your work, but taking these precautions can help to prevent accidents:

  • Don’t allow pools of potentially hot water to sit. Encourage your team to clear up water spills as quickly as possible.
  • Have a trained first aider available on every shift. Ensure they are trained to deal with scald injuries.
  • Give training to staff so they know best working practices and hazards when it comes to hot water. Supervisors should be trained on enforcing these rules and practices.
  • Implement or reinforce your policy on keeping the floor clear of liquid. Slips and trips are a leading cause of scald injuries.
  • When frying food, encourage your team to use a splash guard.
  • Ensure your floors are non-slip, using mats, waxes, coats or grits for areas where you fry.
  • Place microwaves at easy to reach heights to avoid spills. An employee’s face should be level with the door essentially.
  • Containers that hold hot liquid should have lids that fit snugly and handles that are securely attached.

Prevent scalds from fryers

Fryers are some of the most dangerous appliances in a kitchen, and you should take every precaution to reduce the risk of scalds from fryers:

  • Consider installing a gravity-feed chute so your team don’t have to get their hands near waste cooking oil.
  • Install automatic food lowering devices, again to keep hands away from the hot oil.
  • Install splash guards on fryers.
  • Make sure that your team keep the area around fryers clear so nothing can fall in and cause a splash.
  • Employees should never stand above a fryer for any reason.
  • Provide training on how to properly clean a fryer, including the vat, ventilation components and filters.

Did you know?

It’s not just the splashes of water or oil that can cause injury, hot steam is also capable of causing serious injuries.

Hospitality insurance with Premierline

The food and hospitality industry is one of the biggest in the UK, and as such, has a huge amount of variety in the businesses that operate in the sector. This variety means that no two businesses are the same, and will each have unique insurance needs.

At Premierline, we understand the need for a bespoke insurance policy. Restaurant insurance, café insurance and hotel insurance are just some of the products we can offer for the hospitality sector.  Our insurance advisors will assess your business and source business insurance quotes from some of the UK’s most well-known insurance providers to find you a cover that is right for your business. 

Source: Zywave Inc. - Restaurant Playing it Safe: Protect Employees from Scald Injuries

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