Did you know that this Thursday is World Bartender Day?
The global event is celebrated every year on February 24 to recognise the role that bartenders play in the hospitality industry.
It might seem like a modern profession, but it is actually one of the oldest in the world and is said to have emerged thousands of years ago in places such as Rome and Greece.
Sadly, the role is also part of the industry which reports one of the highest levels or workplace accidents in Great Britain.
According to the latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Accommodation and Food Services industry reported the third highest number of non-fatal workplace injuries between 2018-19 and 2020-21.
Nearly 2,500 British hospitality workers were injured during the period – with higher figures only being reported by those working in Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing and Construction.
How should we celebrate World Bartender Day?
Bartenders keep customers supplied with beverages and work hard to make sure everyone has a good time.
So, the next time you’re having a fun night out with friends or family don’t forget to thank your bartender!
Another good way for those working in the industry to celebrate World Bartender Day is to make sure that everything is being done on the premises to keep our bartenders safe and healthy.
The main hazards faced by bartenders include slips, trips and falls, musculoskeletal disorders caused by manual handling, contact dermatitis and cuts from knives.
There are some key things that can be done to reduce these hazards for bartenders.
For example, to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls ensure that any drink spillages are cleaned up immediately, fix leaks quickly and make sure things like boxes and cables aren’t left lying around behind the bar.
When it comes to knives make sure employees are trained to use them safely and that knives are stored securely when they are not in use. Never leave knives loose on the bar where they can be accidentally pushed off.
Where can I go for help?
There is lots of useful help on the HSE’s website but we realise it can feel a bit daunting to collate it all and ensure you’re on top of all the health and safety laws relating to the hospitality industry.
That’s why, as a leading health and safety consultancy with more than 40 years of experience, we have created a comprehensive suite of health and safety services to help businesses of all sizes and from all industries to manage their health and safety effectively.
Our experienced team will work closely with your business to identify risks in the workplace, provide advice on how they can be controlled and ensure that you successfully meet the required standards.
You’ll have peace of mind knowing that we are always here for you when it comes to meeting your legal obligations as an employer with regard to health and safety matters.
Our health and safety consultants will help you think about what might cause harm to people, including employees, and help you decide whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm.
Our range of services also include a Retained Health and Safety Consultant Service which helps business owners become health and safety compliant in the shortest time possible, and supports you, your business and your employees on an ongoing basis.
Alternatively, if you’re not sure what help you need why not contact us to arrange a free 30-minute video call with our leading health and safety expert, John Crockett.
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By working together we can make World Bartender Day a fun and safe day for everyone!