Hazards should be marked with safety signs in restaurants
Staff in restaurants have been told to stick to safety rules when at work to ensure that they carrying out their duties in a healthy environment.
Kristin Swann has written for eHow that a wide range of accidents can occur in a restaurant, from injuries gained by handling sharp objects to slipping over on a wet floor.
While safety signs should be in place to advise on possible dangers, Ms Swain notes that employees should also take steps to improving their safety.
Among the suggestions she puts forward is ensuring that possible hazards are marked so that fellow staff and customers remain safe.
She wrote: "Clearly mark any hazards that have the potential to cause injury. This includes warning labels for appliances in the kitchen as well as signs indicating a wet floor or other hazard.
"Employees and management must ensure that all spills are promptly cleaned up and that all safety signs or placards are in place. These markers must be clearly visible and easy to read or understand."
The Health and Safety Executive revealed earlier this year that some 7,500 days of work were lost in the east of England in 2009 because of slips, trips and falls in the workplace.
Simon Longbottom, head of operations for the east of England's HSE, indicated that some could have been prevented if the right safety signs were in place.
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