WorkSafe to scrutinise safety standards in restaurants

IMAGE: WASANT / SHUTTERSTOCK
IMAGE: WASANT / SHUTTERSTOCK

WorkSafe WA will conduct inspections of restaurants throughout Western Australia in 2014/2015, after an initial inspection program last financial year revealed significant levels of non-compliance.

WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said the restaurant sector is being targeted because of the high level of injuries and notices issued last year.

“The inspection program WorkSafe conducted last financial year saw a large number of improvement notices issued,” Mr Attard said.  “The industry also records a significant number of lost time injuries."

The program will focus on larger restaurants in both metropolitan and regional areas. Specific areas of risk and hazards that will be looked at are:

  • Muscle trauma from manual tasks
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Cuts and burns
  • Electricity
  • Hazardous substances
  • New and young workers

Inspections will be conducted with the aid of a checklist to ensure consistency. This checklist can be downloaded from WorkSafe’s website so employers will know what to expect if they are visited by an inspector.

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