STORY: Promoted: How can you make your bakery safer from risks?

It’s a busy morning…regulars popping in to pick up their weekly loaves, workers swinging by to grab a pastry and kids whizzing in to buy doughnuts and sticky buns. Your treats are so tasty that some of your customers can’t resist the temptation to take a bite before they leave your bakery, but if you don’t take a moment to sweep up the discarded crumbs this can quickly add up to a slip and trip risk and a potential liability claim.

It’s not only slips and trips that bakery business owners need to be wary of; there are all sorts of potential risks that could be problematic for you and your staff.

Depending on the type of bakery business you run, you may have to deal with hazards like:

  • Cuts, bruises and abrasions caused by sharp objects
  • Burns from hot surfaces
  • Muscular problems as a result of staff standing on their feet for long periods of time
  • Slips, trips and falls due to slippery floors, spillages, or trailing wires
  • Electric shocks from faulty electrical goods
  • Dermatitis or other skin reactions from working with strong cleaning chemicals or wet hands
  • Fire hazards from ovens or hot plates
  • Overloading of electrical outlets
  • Food poisoning or allergic reactions due to poor food hygiene standards or mislabelling

How do you avoid falling foul of these risks, and how do you make your bakery safer?

An essential task is to carry out an extensive risk assessment. This can help identify the risks that can occur within your bakery business. Once you have a good understanding of these hazards, the next step is to put in place procedures to reduce the chance of them happening, further protecting the safety and well-being of your customers and staff.   

However, even with effective processes in place, accidents can still occur. This is why it’s essential to have the right type of cover in place to protect you and your bakery.

If a customer hurts or injures themselves, they may decide to claim compensation against you and your catering business based on your neglect. In this instance, Public Liability Cover can help cover the cost of a claim or legal expenses to help you fight it. If you have any employees, including part-timers, contractors or volunteers, it is a legal requirement to have Employers’ Liability Cover, which can cover you if one of your staff injures themselves whilst at work and makes a claim.

Now you know what could happen, don’t take the risk!

The Retail Mutual can provide the essential cover to protect from all types of risks and scenarios that could impact your bakery business.

To find out more about our cover solutions, visit the bakery insurance page and while you’re there, why not visit our downloads page and grab a free catering risk assessment guide?

For a free no-obligation quote or to find out more about what we can do for you, call 0333 3446 078 and speak to one of our knowledgeable UK-based team.

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