Pub owners have a responsibility to provide and maintain a safe working environment. The Cellar of any bar is a high risk location due to the presence of highly pressurised kegs and gas cylinders, heavy boxes, dark passageways etc. Many publicans will agree that on a busy weekend, you might have to change kegs many times, so safe access is essential in this area.
When evaluating your cellar for safety, bear the following in mind:
Gas Cylinders should be stored away from the main thoroughfare in the cellar to avoid accidental knocks. Your gas cylinder provider can assist is securing the cylinders.
Ensure sufficient lighting in all areas to avoid accidents and establish a systematic procedure for identifying and replacing broken bulbs.
Chemicals should be safely stored in a designated cleaning locker or alternatively off the floor on shelving.
Draught equipment should not be tampered with outside of the requirements of changing a keg. Your brewery representative will maintain the lines and equipment according to their own schedule.
Kegs should be stacked no more than two levels high, and only then if absolutely necessary.
Ensure electrical cables are well insulated and protected from splashes and any flooding.
Do not overload electrical sockets.
Add the cellar to your list of areas to be routinely cleaned to avoid debris, boxes etc causing obstruction.
The HSA (Health & Safety Authority) have published a free booklet to give practical advice for ensuring health and safety in identifying the hazards and risks to persons working and entering the cellar. The guide also contains the legal duties of a publican in relation to the cellar.
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