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Here's what you MUST do to maintain your company's cafeteria and kitchen in accordance with OHSA standards

by , 24 January 2014
Providing risk-free workplace facilities, like eating areas in offices and factories is a legal requirement. But it doesn't stop there! You have to inspect and maintain them to ensure they're in working order. Here's what you MUST do to maintain your company's cafeteria and kitchen.

Believe it or not, but there's something called the Facilities Regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

These regulations provide finer details of what you must do to keep your facilities up to scratch.

You must ensure these areas remain clean, hygienic and well maintained. To do this, you have to conduct regular inspections.

Do the following to maintain your kitchen and cafeteria at work

  1. Clean the walls, doors and windows of the cafeteria and kitchen and repair, repaint or retile if necessary.
  2. Clean floors, counters, tables and chairs.
  3. Make sure all those using the facilities keep their eating areas clean.
  4. Check water dispensers and vending machines for sanitary conditions.
  5. Check facilities for staff to keep clean, for example, washing facilities, disposable paper towels or clean towels, disposable caps, aprons and overalls.
  6. Check for leak-proof refuse bins with lids and remove garbage regularly.
  7. Check control methods for rodents, insects and vermin.
  8. Check first aid facilities and equipment together with a trained first aider in the kitchen facility. This only applies if you use the kitchen to prepare food.
  9. Make sure there are enough of the right sized fire extinguishers and that they're in good working condition.
  10. Check portable electric equipment is in good condition.
  11. Make sure your crockery is dried hygienically.

There you have it. Now that you know what you must do to maintain to your company's cafeteria and kitchen, make sure you comply with the Facilities Regulations of the OHSA. If you don't, the consequences could be severe.

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