Signs in the kitchen aren’t only to promote safety and to warn staff of potential dangers, but they’re also to ensure that kitchen employees keep high standards of personal hygiene and also help them to practice safe working in kitchens and food preparation environments.

Most requirements are covered by the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996. These require signs wherever a risk has not been controlled by other means. For example, if a wet area of floor is cordoned off, a warning sign will not be needed, because the barrier will keep people out of the danger area. Signs are not needed where the sign would not reduce the risk or the risk is insignificant.

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