Kitchen restaurant hazards: spillages and leaks

Kitchen restaurant hazards: spillages and leaks

For a health and safety officer combating potential workplace injuries, you’d be hard pressed to find somewhere as hazardous as a restaurant kitchen. The environment is incredibly fast-paced, and there’s so many things that happen each day that can put your employees at risk.

spill on restaurant kitchen floor and worker stood in puddle while using electrical equipment, possibility of electric shock

As you know, part of a health and safety officer’s job is staying on top of these risks. Sometimes, though, this is easier said than done. There’s so many common risks. From blocked fire escapes to damaged electrical wiring and everything in between. You constantly have to stay on guard to make sure everyone is safe.

Liquid spillages and leaks

There is some good news, however, as one of the most common dangers can also be the easiest to solve. It’s likely that staff be working with various oils, fats and liquids on a day to day basis. If employees don’t take care with these they can end up spilling or splattering onto the floor, leaving a dangerous area for their colleagues.

kitchen worker carrying a big container of food and about to slip on pool of liquid on floor, restaurant health and safety cartoon

Water can also easily escape the kitchen dishwasher as your staff change the racks, and sinks and basins can easily overflow leaving puddles on the floor. It’s natural for staff who work long hours to want to rush through the pile of dirty dishes as quickly as possible, but it can be hazardous for the rest of their team.

Similarly, if staff are in a hurry when transporting oil around the kitchen, the contents will likely land on the floor. In cleaning any spillages, mop buckets can easily be overfilled with water and cleaning liquid, or left scattered about in the kitchen haphazardly. It’s also really common for trips to occur with an abandoned mop bucket.

Reducing the risk to your employees

While spillages can be really common, there are a few tips and tricks you can implement right away that can help make your kitchen a safer working environment:

  • Require employees to wear non-slip footwear
  • Install flooring materials that have good grip
  • Implement a safe transport method for oils and other liquids that move frequently around the area
  • Use equipment that prevents liquids from escaping, like special mop bucket lids
  • Use brightly coloured materials to draw employees’ attention to potential hazards
  • Create visual cues around the kitchen that highlights any danger

Your could also design a comprehensive training manual for staff, and advise them of what the health and safety best practices are. One way to help increase the ‘stickyness’ of your training is to include visual imagery. Although lengthy training sessions and coaching are important, you also want a method that will actually resonate with your employees long after they leave the workplace.

One visual medium you should consider is cartoons. These work tremendously well, especially if they convey the information in a humorous way. I have designed a cartoon that highlights the many common restaurant healthy and safety risks, which is also light hearted and fun. You can find out more details about this cartoon here. I also offer a bespoke service, so if you have something else in mind or would like custom work done please contact me here and we can discuss.

The above cartoons are extracts from my ‘restaurant-kitchen-health-and-safety-cartoon’ which you can purchase from this link: http://www.cartoonmotivators.com/Restaurant-Kitchen-health-and-safety-hazards.html

What incidents have taken place in your office?

What incidents have taken place in your office?

office health and safety hazard spotting cartoon, woman in extra high heels, falling down uncovered manhole, over reaching on ladder

In the course of a busy day, who hasn’t attempted to carry too many things at once in order to hurry through a task or overloaded a power-socket to make sure that all of the necessary electrical appliances were operating? Collectively, it’s a humorous take on the various health and safety issues that can cause serious problems in the workplace, but taking each issue individually on its own merits, it’s a handy reminder of how to not to behave in the workplace.

Workplaces cannot afford for employees to suffer an injury in the workplace. An injured person who isn’t in work means that the company is light an employee with their work being left untouched or leaving other people to shoulder the burden of their absence. This may impact on the level of service provided to the end consumer or it may result in a company having to hire temporary staff to cover their absence. The thing about staff members suffering an injury in work, these issues are only the beginning of a company’s troubles.

When you decide to use a safety cartoon calendar, you’re choosing what’s best for you and your employees.

If you’ve been running your own business for a while, you’re probably familiar with all the problems that can occur in the workplace. Accidents can happen and people can get injured. The injuries can be as insignificant as bumps and scratches but they can also be very severe. Depending on the work position, people can easily lose a limb or even lose their life in case of an accident. Just like every job position has its own dangers, so do the different times of the year. If you want to raise people’s awareness about the lurking dangers all around us, you can hire a cartoonist to make you a safety cartoon calendar.

Cartoons are the most efficient way of getting people’s attention. We all react positively to cartoons as we associate them with happy and careless childhood, fun and humor.  This has been recognized by many industries and lately, it’s being recognized in safety campaigns as well. If you want to raise awareness and to educate people about safety throughout the entire year, the easiest way to do it is with a safety cartoon calendar. You can have a different safety cartoon each month so that the people spend enough time to memorize one episode, but they also get a new lesson each month to keep things interesting and fresh.

health and safety cartoon of two workers, one is working at height on portable scaffolding while other looks off into the distance where there's a twister on it's way. Caption: Hey, Fred, did you consider the weather forecast?

When you decide to use a safety cartoon calendar, you’re choosing what’s best for you and your employees. Not only will your workers be safer, they will also be entertained and you can benefit from reduced compensation costs you’d pay for work-related injuries. Your employees are your most valuable asset as they’re the heart and soul of any company. Without the workers, a company would become a soulless and dull machinery that would eventually fall apart due to lack of ideas. As an employer, it’s your obligation to implement and use best safety practices and a safety management program.

Keeping up the awareness all year long with a safety cartoon calendar is especially effective not only because it draws attention, teaches a lesson in a fun way and keeps things fresh, but also because you can present many different hazards and make the content of cartoons more relevant for each moth. As an example, in December, you can try raising awareness about the dangers of leaving the heater turned on when leaving the office, etc. Using the services of a skilled cartoonist such as myself can maximize the effects of your campaign through fun, effective, and engaging drawings for your safety cartoon calendar.

Contact Richard on +44 1246 209034 or email if you want to have a cartoon calendar created to highlight hazards to your workers next year.

 

Health and safety cartoons are becoming increasingly popular, and for a good reason.

health and safety cartoons of a guy who is fixing up a sign 'THINK SAFETY!' has not screwed it in properly and it's slipped and hit his workmate.

Health and safety cartoons are becoming increasingly popular, and for a good reason.

They are the most effective way of communicating with employees so many business owners and government institutions are using them for all kinds of functions. One of those functions is employee safety and public safety.

The cartoons are very engaging and people react to them positively so it’s quite easy to get people’s attention using health and safety cartoons.

This is even easier to do if you have a main character in the cartoon that will take the role of the safety cartoon mascot. People love mascots and easily get used to them. Just like every sports team needs a mascot, your company should also have one, and if you include that character in your safety campaign, you’re much more likely to achieve success in this area.

If you don’t have a mascot but you think it’s a good idea to use a specific character in health and safety cartoons for your business, you can ask a cartoonist like me to make one for you. Whether it’s a careless employee that causes a lot of accidents or a pair of characters that are the exact opposite of each other, you name it, and I can draw it. Once your safety cartoon mascot is born, you can put it in different stories, and your employees will be anxious to see just what he will do next. The employees will gather around the mascot’s adventures, discuss his actions and learn valuable lessons from his mistakes. The messages delivered through cartoons and safety cartoon characters will make a greater impact and stick in people’s heads longer than any other type of warning or message. And all of this can be done with a little humor coming from a skilled cartoonist.

For bespoke health and safety cartoons contact Richard on 01246 209034 or email

Health and Safety Cartoons – The importance of workplace safety

Health and Safety Cartoons – The importance of workplace safety

health and safety cartoons, how to lift correctly cartoon strip showing guy lifting correctly, don't do your doughnut, picture of spine made up of doughnuts and and erupting jam out of it

As an employer, you’re supposed to take care of your workers and to make sure they’re as safe as they can be in your work environment. Staying safe is an imperative as accidents can cause people to get seriously injured, or worse, and the employer will be partly responsible. Safety warnings are very efficient means of getting the message through, but if they’re written as plain text, many won’t bother to read them.

On the other hand, there’s a highly effective way of communicating these messages to people. Do you know what it is? It’s the health and safety cartoons! People are most likely to stop and have a look at a sign if it contains a cartooned image and that’s why the health and safety cartoons make the most effective communicators.

For health and safety cartoons contact Richard on +44 1246 209034 or email

I’m happy to work with you on the above cartoon if you require amendments to help it suit your needs.

Where to get health and safety cartoons and what you’ll get?

Where to get health and safety cartoons and what you’ll get…

health and safety cartoons showing guy overreaching on a ladder to put up a hazard sign which says 'Do Not Over Reach On Ladders' He's holding one end up  while trying to screw in the sign

If you’re looking for health and safety cartoons for your workplace or office, you’re being responsible towards your workers and you’re also showing that you value an innovative approach to important issues. Commissioning safety cartoons will not only benefit your workforce but it will benefit your business and your image as well. First of all, each safety cartoon that manages to save a life or a limb has definitely paid off. In addition, your workers will value this humorous approach more than the boring written notices. Get your customized safety cartoon now and upgrade your business and employee safety.

In the first instance I would draw a visual after reading your brief or I could read your article and come up with ideas. You can then make your comments on the visual and I will incorporate these into the second stage visual. Then on approval I’ll either finish it in black/white or full colour. The file format is usually jpeg but if you want a different one let me know.

Call Richard on +44 1246 209034 or email