Council cracks down on kitchen electrical failings

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By Ishaan Tugnait

A local authority in Lincolnshire has launched a campaign to check that electrical equipment and systems in catering premises are being properly maintained.

North Lincolnshire Council decided to deploy the programme after several high profile accidents involving electrical systems throughout the country this year.

A Food and Safety team will be running the project and visiting catering premises throughout North Lincolnshire from 1 September 2015.

By law all premises should have a suitable maintenance programme for all electrical systems and ensure that employees are trained to use the equipment safely. The maintenance programme ensures this is put into practice.

The project will involve an inspection of catering premises previously identified as being high risk to confirm their electrical equipment is in line with legal requirements.

During the inspection, the premises will be asked to provide an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) (if available) and their electrical appliances will be assessed to ensure that they have been preserved in a safe condition. The council’s Food and Safety team has identified 150 premises out of around 600 premises across North Lincolnshire to take part in the testing. These premises have been deemed high risk following food safety inspections.

Cllr Neil Poole, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We have sent a letter out to catering premises in North Lincolnshire to make them aware of the health and safety project.

“An officer from the Food and Safety team will visit each of these premises to carry out the checks. Alongside the letter, we’ve provided these businesses with information and guidance to ensure they are prepared for the checks. This gives them the opportunity to make sure they have all the correct procedures in place before the visits start in September.”

Poole added that where businesses fail to meet the necessary standards, the council will take action according to the risk presented.

“They have been given plenty of notice to ensure they are ready and reminded of the standards required. It is vital that all premises follow health and safety procedures for electrical equipment and systems to prevent incidents occurring.”

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