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Are there any examples of risk assessments for school kitchens? We link to an example of a risk assessment from the Health and Safety Executive, as well as a school's risk assessment for kitchen fires. There is also guidance on writing your own kitchen risk assessment.

Food preparation

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published an example of a risk assessment for food preparation in a small business. Although this isn't designed for schools, it may still be a useful reference.

The example takes the form of a table with a number of questions to answer, such as:

  • What are the hazards?
  • Who might be harmed and how?
  • What are you doing already?
  • What further action is necessary?

The example includes possible hazards for kitchen environments, for instance:

  • Slips and trips
  • Contact with steam, hot water, hot oil and hot surfaces
  • Gas appliances (e.g. ovens)
  • Fire
  • Pressure systems (e.g. steam pipes, pressure fryers)
  • Workplace temperature

It also includes actions taken to mitigate the risk of these hazards. For example, for gas appliances, it says these are checked daily, and inspected by a registered engineer annually.

Example risk assessment for food preparation, cooking and service, HSE (Adobe pdf file)

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