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The importance of PPE in kitchens

Protective clothing is used in almost every workplace, from commercial kitchens, hotels to building sites. Not only is it required by law for employers to provide suitable personal protective equipment for their employees at work, but this also protect employees from potential injuries and hazards that could occur. Here are the types of PPE that should be used within each area: Kitchen and food preparation area Commercial kitchens are hot, busy and a hazardous environment to work in. Hot ovens and sharp knives all add to the risk of injury.... Read More


Carrying out health and safety checks in the hospitality sector

Cleanliness and hygiene in hospitality is a high stakes consideration. It’s not just about business risk, there are also legal obligations and the very real possibility of harming people through your actions. For this reason, health and safety law applies to all businesses regardless of whether they are big or small and hotels, restaurants and catering outlets must enforce strict guidelines in the workplace, in addition to completing regular health and safety and hygiene checks. Here we show what health and safety checks are required to ensure employees are not... Read More


COSHH Risk Assessment Template

COSHH stands for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. Any professional organisation that have substances which are hazardous to health has a legal responsibility to provide sufficient information to prevent or reduce workers’ exposure to hazardous substances. Employers therefore need to find out what the health hazards are and decide how to prevent harm to health by undertaking a risk assessment. To help get you started, below is a COSHH assessment template. You can also download a template of the COSHH Risk Assessment Template here.  Nexon is a leader in online... Read More


How to care for your floor scrubber machine

When cleaning the floor, we often give more thought on how well maintained the floor is than the actual machine itself. Although cleaning a floor scrubber machine can be a time consuming process, like any piece of equipment, proper care and maintenance needs to be taken in order to extend the life of the machine and its usage. Check the manual A floor scrubber has delicate components, so before any sort of maintenance or servicing is carried out, the machine’s booklet should be carefully read. There should be a chapter... Read More


Best practices of food labelling

Proper food labelling is essential and provides accurate information such as expiry dates, handling instructions and allergy warnings. This information is critical to customers and can help prevent unnecessary food-borne illnesses and allergic reactions, as well as good food hygiene. There are fewer labelling requirements for food sold from catering establishments in comparison to prepacked food, but any information that provided must be accurate and not misleading. Here we go through best practices of food labelling: Food allergy labels In December 2014, it became a legal requirement for food product manufacturers and... Read More


How the new Acrylamide rules will affect the Hospitality sector

From April 2018, food businesses in Europe must take practical steps to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems. The Food Standards Agency are now working with the British Hospitality Association (BHA) and the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) to develop simple guidance to help catering and food service businesses comply. What is Acrylamide? Acrylamide is a chemical substance formed by a reaction between amino acids and sugars. This forms naturally during high temperature cooking and processing, such as frying, roasting and baking, especially in potato-based products and... Read More


A guide to buying kitchen knives for restaurants

Kitchen knives are an essential tool in any commercial kitchen and can help increase productivity and the smoothness of operation. The first step to buying the right knives for your kitchen is to understand the types available and which ones will be important to add to your collection. TYPES OF KNIVES Knives are not a “one size fits all” when it comes to the purposes you put them to. Different types of knives are designed to work best for specific tasks. Chef Knife One of the most important knife to... Read More

What to consider when buying a commercial vacuum cleaner

Before buying a commercial vacuum, it is essential that you take the time to search for the right vacuum that suits your needs, whether it is your budget, the type of floor that needs cleaning or accessories, by taking these into consideration, you are sure to find a commercial vacuum that does the right job for you. While household vacuum cleaners is designed to do the job less frequently, a commercial grade vacuum is usually more durable, powerful, and built for continuous use. Here we go through what you need to... Read More


14 food allergens poster

People with food allergies always have to take great care when eating out to avoid certain foods that could cause them harm. Since December 2014,  it became a legal requirement for food product manufacturers and restaurants to provide clear labelling information to ensure that any food you produce or prepare is safe. There are 14 major allergens which need to be mentioned (either on a label or through provided information such as menus) when they are used as ingredients in a food. Here are the allergens, and some examples of where they can... Read More


How to score well in a food hygiene rating

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is run by the Food Standards Agency and every UK restaurant, takeaways and cafes is rated a score from 0 (urgent improvement necessary) to 5 (very good). These ratings are dedicated to assess all levels of hygiene and give customers an indicator of restaurant quality, standards in cooking and cleanliness. Although it is currently not a mandatory to display hygiene ratings, a good hygiene rating can have a positive impact on a business, especially when hygiene is a crucial aspect of the customer’s decision-making process. The frequency of... Read More