Food and Drink Dispensing and Vending Hazard Checklist
Slips, Trips and Falls Hazards
Are there any obstructions or poor surfaces that could cause a slip trip or fall from:
Stored materials, food boxes, storage bins, pallets, etc?
Moveable electrical equipment?
Trailing leads supplying kitchen implements, kettles, microwaves, etc?
Loose mats or worn mats or carpet?
Slippery floor surfaces (polished or smooth surfaces)?
Access routes blocked by general debris, waste bins, etc?
Open access panels in the floor?
Cleaners’ equipment such as vacuum cleaners, floor polishers, etc?
Falling Object Hazards
Are there any objects that could fall on people such as:
Foodstuffs and kitchen implements on shelves?
Unstable freestanding stacks of goods or materials?
Pots and pans?
Loose electrical or mechanical equipment: lighting, pipework, ventilation equipment, etc?
Loose ceiling tiles?
Is there any risk of persons receiving an electrical shock from:
Loose or broken: sockets, switches, light fittings, conduits and trunking, etc?
Worn, frayed or split cables or conduits?
Missing lids on trunking and control panels?
Overloaded extension leads or multi socket adaptors?
Exposed cables into plugs, kettles, mixers, microwaves, etc?
Exposed live parts of electrical switchgear: controls, motors, pumps, etc?
Is any item of portable electrical equipment overdue for a portable appliance test (PAT)?
Is any item of electrical equipment poorly or dangerously positioned?
Are there any substances used that could cause harm from contact or inhalation, such as:
Cleaning or degreasing chemicals?
Are the procedures for cleaning up spills effective?
Is the disposal of waste products from spills effective?
Is there asbestos in fire retardant panelling, ceiling tiles or oven linings?
Are there any new substances being used since the last review?
Has any staff member complained of any persistent or increasing allergic reactions: running nose or eyes, coughing, sneezing, itching skin, etc?
Work Equipment Hazards
Is work equipment installed and used in a safe manner to minimise danger to others, such as:
Can exposed hot surfaces burn skin if contact is made?
Has any new machinery been introduced since the last review?
Do staff need extra training in the use of hot items (ovens, hot plates, etc)?
Do measures to protect others from burns or scalds from self-service need to be improved?
Are flammable materials stored or used in a manner that could cause a fire, such as:
Any flammable substances on or near sources of heat or direct sunlight?
Any potential for a flammable substance to be spilled onto sources of heat or electrical equipment?
Flammable waste materials in left waste bins overnight?
Ovens covered by towels or clothing?
Heaters in ovens, hotplates, etc. left on unattended or overnight?
Do fire extinguishing methods need improving (extra fire blankets or extinguishers)?
Are there any hazards associated with ventilation, such as:
Insufficient ventilation, natural and forced?
Contamination of air conditioning filters by dust or bacteria?
Manual Handling and Workstation Hazards
Do working positions pose a hazard that could cause muscular strains, such as:
Poor lifting positions?
Heavy or large and awkward objects?
Bad posture over kitchen equipment?
Repetitive twisting or turning?
Does any equipment show signs of damage or imminent collapse (benches, shelving, etc.)?
Do hygiene provisions require improving to reduce the risk of infection or contamination, such as:
Hot water temperature requires raising to remove legionella risk (60°C)
Improved hand washing and drying facilities?
Do rubber gloves need to be issued to reduce contamination?
Does the provision of barrier creams and hand cleaners need to be improved?
Do fridges and freezers need more regular monitoring of storage temperatures?
Do staff need extra training in food and/or personal hygiene?
Do drinks vending machines require more frequent cleaning?
Do drinks vending machines overflow draining require more frequent emptying?
Accidents and First Aid
Does accident treatment require improving?
Is there a requirement for a (or additional) trained first aider?
Do those trained as first aiders require refresher training? (required every 3 years)
Do accident records need reviewing?
Is there anything in the first aid boxes that is past its use by date?
Are extra first aid boxes required?
Are there any specific requirements for accident treatment?
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