Health and safety in catering and hospitality
Regulations and responsibility
Health and Safety Regulations aim to improve safety in workplaces, making employers and employees equally responsible for ensuring that they protect themselves and others from accident and injury. The regulations refer to such things as clean kitchens, safety guards on machinery etc., If an employee is injured at work because of breaches of these rules then compensation can be awarded. Most health and safety legislation places place the responsibility of health and safety on the employers. The responsibilities may however be delegated to other competent persons such as fire warders, first aiders and care takers but the employer still legally remains liable. If a safety or health offence takes place in the presence of a manager or supervisor , they may be prosecuted. More over, Everyone is responsible for health and safety in the workplace. Management is responsible for providing workers with the necessary tools, training and protective equipment to perform the work safely, and with the time and direction to do so. The worker is responsible for following the safety rules and using the appropriate controls and protective equipment to work safely. There are regulatory board that enforces health and safety in the workplace.
Powers of enforcement officers
In UK, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the authorised body that certify whether health and safety measures have been followed in a work place. The aim of the enforcement authority is to take strong enforcement action in order to assures sustainable, long-term reduction in occupational injury and ill health .The enforcement officers, deal immediately with serious risks, promote and achieve sustained compliance with the law, and ensure that duty holders includes, employers and employees who breach health and safety requirements may be held to account where appropriate. This includes corrective action such as