Food Safety Level 2 (VTQ)

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Storage and hazards of chemicals near food

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Chemical Safety in Food Areas

Understanding Chemical Risks

Overview: Chemicals pose a risk of food contamination if not handled and stored properly.

Chemicals Found in Kitchens

  • Bleach
  • Dishwasher cleaner
  • Washing up liquid
  • Pest control chemicals or bait stations
  • Soaps
  • Oven cleaner
  • Floor cleaners

Precautions to Take

When handling chemicals in food areas, take the following precautions:

  • Proper Storage: Store chemicals in correctly labelled containers and keep them away from food storage and preparation areas.
  • Avoid Contamination: Ensure chemicals are not stored in empty food containers to prevent accidental ingestion.
  • Use of PPE: Wear appropriate personal protective equipment when handling chemicals.
  • Correct Disposal: Dispose of chemicals and cleaning equipment properly.
  • Follow Instructions: Adhere to the manufacturer's instructions for using chemicals.
  • Separate Transport: Transport cleaning chemicals separately from food.
  • Secure Storage: Keep chemical storage areas locked.
  • Prevent Mixing: Ensure pest control products do not mix near food.

Risks and Hazards

The risks associated with chemicals in food areas include:

  • Contamination of foods
  • Tainting of foods by fumes and smells
  • Dangers to staff working with or near chemicals
  • Accidental mixing of chemicals leading to harmful substances or fumes
  • Hazards from dust or spray mist during chemical use
  • Contamination from cleaning materials

Reducing Risks

To mitigate risks and hazards, follow these guidelines:

  • Proper Training: Ensure staff receive correct training and supervision.
  • Alert Supervisors: Report suspected chemical contamination to a supervisor and halt food production if necessary.
  • Approved Suppliers: Purchase food and supplies from approved suppliers.
  • Safe Handling: Cover or store food away during cleaning activities.
  • Correct Labelling: Label chemicals appropriately and avoid using food containers for chemical storage.
  • Food Grade Containers: Use only food grade storage containers.