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.
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.
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.
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.
Using health and safety cartoons has been proven as very beneficial and effective, especially in the workplace. The cartoons grasp people’s attention quickly and the messages they’re sending are understood easily and within seconds. This can help save a person’s life or prevent losing a limb so it’s an investment that will definitely be worth your money. If you use a professional cartoonist to create customized health and safety cartoons for you, your entire workforce can benefit.
One of the reasons for the effectiveness of the health and safety cartoons is that we all grew up with cartoons and have learned how they function. The cartoons are also something we all like(d) to watch so they’re real attention grabbers. The audience likes cartoons and many industries are using this fact to make successful advertising campaigns. Cartoons get the message across within a few moments, and the message can be comprehended by many people. On the other hand, if you only use written text, many won’t bother to read it and a portion of those who do read it may not understand it. In addition, a professionally drawn health and safety cartoon will also contain a pinch of humor to lighten up the atmosphere without minimising the dangers that are lurking. When the cartoon is skilfully made, the concept is clear and the message is strong and effective.
Lowering the tension
Again, the cartoons we watched as children made a positive impact on us. They were filled with humour and made us feel good. In the same manner, using health and safety cartoons around the workplace can help reduce the tension and make people more relaxed, counting the happiness and fun associated with cartoons. These cartoons can also work as conversation starters and get people to talk about them. That’s something a dull message or a sign can never do. You can get your workers to unite around it with humor but with a serious underline meaning.
How to get the most out of the health and safety cartoons
Health and safety cartoons can deliver a major impact, but only if they’re made by professionals who already have experience in the area. A good and customized health and safety cartoon will work specifically for your workplace and it can help save lives and protect your property from damage, hence saving you significant amount of money. Get your health and safety cartoons from Richard Duszczak, cartoonist for hire to get your message through in a lighthearted way.
Spot the hazards cartoon – Restaurant and Kitchen health and safety…
This cartoon is very large poster size A2 which is 59.4cm wide x 42cm deep. Ideal for training staff/colleagues and customers to be more safety conscious.
Some of the health and safety hazards include: knives ill placed on work surface, not paying attention while using meat cleaver, not using safety gloves while chopping meat, meat left out of fridge cross contamination, guy in trainers – not proper foot wear, drunk worker, pan fire near fat dripping from extractor – fire hazard, cross contaminations from meats, not lifting correctly, dirty cloth left near meats, trying to open tin can with knife, scratching backside then not washing hands, bully from senior chef, sneezing on food, slip hazard while carrying very hot soup – scolding hazard, chemicals left on work surfaces, gas ring left on unattended – napkins nearby could cause fire hazard, walk-in fridge temperature is high, mixed meats on shelving, reaching up for heavy tubs, stood on containers…but there’s plenty more!
You can purchased the ‘Restaurant and Kitchen health and safety’ cartoon at the following link:
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.
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.
Whiteboard animation Personal Protective Equipment – Good+Bad
If you would like to licence this video and have your company details and logo including please contact Richard on email@example.com
Personal Protection Equipment.
The following P.P.E must be worn at all times on site.
Safety helmets – hard hats
Safety footwear – steel toe capped boots
High visibility vests
Short/long sleeved shirts
Any task specific PPE as detailed in RAMS (Risk assessments and Method Statements.)
Not like this guy:(Cartoon of guy smoking, baseball cap on back to front, ordinary vest, shorts and sandals.)
For other health and safety videos here on YouTube:
Warehouse health and safety hazards: https://youtu.be/sTMDBAV8FU0
Manually pulling-pushing a load: https://youtu.be/d3q5gwbSZYo
Manual-handling Lifting a load correctly and safely: https://youtu.be/c_CjxAiMSDI
Working in confined spaces: https://youtu.be/skpCvuGe9sQ
The reasons for having a health and safety cartoon mascot
First of all, mascots are great at getting the people’s attention. Other than this, having a main character to your safety cartoons can eventually cause the people to bond with the character and to be more receptive to the message and the lessons you wanted them to learn. Mascots can also promote your company colors or your products and hence increase brand awareness. Your safety cartoon mascot needs to be likeable and memorable so it can become a symbol of your brand and your every employee. A well-drawn safety cartoon mascot will seem engaging and it will affect a large audience.
Have YOUR logo included in safety cartoon customization…
Besides making relevant safety cartoons that grasp the employee attention quickly and deliver the point instantly, my cartoons can also be customized with your company logo. Besides using your logo in customized safety cartoons, I can also use your company colors or match the cartoons with your website design or your social media account. Although there’s some humor involved, the effects of the cartoon won’t be mocking the dangers and it won’t cause the people to laugh at safety issues but to teach people about the lurking dangers in the most approachable and engaging way. Many people learn better from the images than text, so this will make learning easier and closer to many. What’s best about the customized safety cartoons is that they can be completely adapted to your company’s needs and ideas. Another efficient method of teaching safety in the workplace is by using a mascot. I can also integrate your mascot to be a part of the cartoon and completely in tune with your previous campaigns. The customized safety cartoons can come in many forms, including wall calendars, presentations, emails, websites, etc. The key is to keep it engaging and keep it fresh and the cartoons are the perfect tool that can be adapted to any media and any size.