The aim of this toolbox talk is to increase staff awareness of welfare in the workplace. Covering eating, drinking and smoking.
The use of regular toolbox talks, if done effectively, will significantly improve the safety culture within your organisation. This will increase the safety awareness of the workers, and as a result reduce the likelihood of accidents and unsafe occurrences.
- Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
- Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- Welfare Reform Act 2012
Welfare at work
- contamination of the food or drink.
- hand to mouth contact
- Particles settle out of the air directly on to food or drinks which are then consumed.
- Spillages / contaminated work surfaces which then come into contact with food.
- Food vessels such as cups or bowls are contaminated and the contamination is transferred as food is prepared
- Directly: through handling a toxic substance.
- Indirectly: by coming into contact with a contaminated surface
- Food poisoning.
- Some skin infections.
Controlling the risks
- Eating, drinking and smoking on shop floor or other hazardous areas is banned.
- If smoking is not banned on your site, designated smoking areas will be provided.
- Facilities are provided for the consumption of food and drink.
- All staff are required to maintain a high standard of personal hygiene.
- All staff are required to thoroughly wash their hands before consuming any food or smoking.