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Posted 22 September 2009 - 10:09 AM

On the subject of footwear:
Company's employees that are working in a liquor, food and hot drink
environment where the food is prepared and served along with the drinks
being poured and served. With the inevitable spillage that happens the
staff are prone to wearing plimpsoles, dolly shoes and high heels ( all
with out socks ) My query is that if staff are wearing flat full foot
covered leather shoes they cannot slip on liquid, cannot burn themselves
from hot liquid and that hot liquid will run off of leather shoes whereas
will soak into plimpsoles causing burns. What is the law/reccommendation
on this



On the subject of jewellery:
The company's employees that are coming to work with facial piercings and
jewelled watches in a food preparation and servery environment.
We have stressed that by staff having facial piercings, the potential for
jewellery falling into the publics food and causing possible choking or
dental injury is very high.In the case of the piercings staff using the
excuse of covering with blue plasters which in my mind can also cause a
problem due to being able to drop from the piercing into food and again
causing a choke issue, i have explained that blue plasters are strictly
for cuts, and that no visable piercings are to be allowed due to this and
that jeweeled watches possess a potential risk to harbouring bacteria and
stones falling into food.

I would appreciate a concise view to what others believe to be the correct procedure to this although i have a fair view as to the resolve for thisthis please



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Posted 22 September 2009 - 01:35 PM

sorry this is in the wrong section, could someone move to the right one please



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Posted 23 September 2009 - 10:07 PM

For the sake of security, they should be wearing flat leather shoes.
There´s a thread that talks about use of jewelry, mostly in regards to the kind used for religious or cultural reasons. From what I understand, these piercings are only for "decorative" purposes. Therefore, they should be removed. Refusing to remove them would be like somebody saying they won´t tuck all their hair inside the hairnet, so they can look nice.
I would probably get in trouble in Europe, but I wouldn´t hire someone with piercings for a job in the food industry, unless I got the person to sign a consent for removing them while at work.



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Posted 24 September 2009 - 11:51 AM

On the subject of footwear:
Company's employees that are working in a liquor, food and hot drink
environment where the food is prepared and served along with the drinks
being poured and served. With the inevitable spillage that happens the
staff are prone to wearing plimpsoles, dolly shoes and high heels ( all
with out socks ) My query is that if staff are wearing flat full foot
covered leather shoes they cannot slip on liquid, cannot burn themselves
from hot liquid and that hot liquid will run off of leather shoes whereas
will soak into plimpsoles causing burns. What is the law/reccommendation
on this

In the UK employers have a duty in law to do everything reasonably practicable to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees. Wearing suitable footwear in the environment mentioned above is reasonably practicable. The employer should identify and provide suitable footwear (free of charge) and the employees also have a duty in law to protect themselves and wear any provided Personal Protective Equipment. I would just add that footwear can be suitable while remaining reasonably stylish. For example you can buy steel toecap non slip trainers (sneekers) nowadays.

On the subject of jewellery:
The company's employees that are coming to work with facial piercings and
jewelled watches in a food preparation and servery environment.
We have stressed that by staff having facial piercings, the potential for
jewellery falling into the publics food and causing possible choking or
dental injury is very high.In the case of the piercings staff using the
excuse of covering with blue plasters which in my mind can also cause a
problem due to being able to drop from the piercing into food and again
causing a choke issue, i have explained that blue plasters are strictly
for cuts, and that no visable piercings are to be allowed due to this and
that jeweeled watches possess a potential risk to harbouring bacteria and
stones falling into food.

I would appreciate a concise view to what others believe to be the correct procedure to this although i have a fair view as to the resolve for thisthis please

No jewellery except plain wedding ring and one pair of sleeper earrings (round ones). Nothing else. A special dispensation may be given for medical or religious reasons on a case by case basis. In this instance document it, take a photograph showing what has been allowed and check regularly for integrity, cleanliness etc.

Hope this helps.

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Simon

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 02:34 PM

Simon has given a very good answer. I completely agree, apart from I'd go further and ban all jewellery apart from a plain band wedding ring.

As you said, plasters can become a hazard in themselves. I once had a temp who had facial piercings and was seen with plasters covering them. She said "someone" had told her she could do this (but she couldn't tell me who) because she couldn't remove the piercings. I then gave her a choice of taking out the piercings or leaving site. Amazingly they then became removable.

Some things are non negotiable and there are plenty of people out there who would be happy to take a job where they have to follow a few simple rules!





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