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Crawley Borough Council launches fryer safety campaign



Crawley Borough Council is writing to catering companies in the town to give advice on the safe use of deep fat fryers, following serious incidents in the past year.

The letter is accompanied by an information sheet, which covers the safe use of fryers, manual oil filtering and cleaning.

Three incidents involving hot oil in catering premises in Crawley left staff with serious burns and injuries.

The letter reads: “Due to recent life changing incidents involving hot oil in catering establishments, Crawley Borough Council has put together the information sheet on the reverse of this letter.

“We advise that you use this notice to raise awareness of the dangers of working with hot oil and deep fat fryers, and carry out refresher training referring to this guidance.”

The letter also gives advice on risk assessments, servicing of deep fat fryers and fire extinguishers.

Councillor Geraint Thomas, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability at Crawley Borough Council, said: “This campaign highlights the safe working practices that all catering establishments must adhere to.

“Recent incidents have shown that while the vast majority of companies follow the rules correctly, some have cut corners at great cost to both their staff and their finances.”

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What to expect when Primark reopens in Crawley in two weeks



Primark is working re-open their stores on the 15th june and the store has been working hard to ensure their employee and customer safety is their highest priority.

So what can customers expect to find implemented when they reopen?

Social distancing:

There will be a limit on the number of customers allowed in store at any one time to allow for the appropriate distance in between customers and employees, following government guidelines.

There will be clear signage and floor decals, as well as dedicated employees and additional security staff, to guide customers through the store in a way that limits contact with others.

Every second till will be closed to allow more space between customers and between employees.

The store will temporarily close off fitting rooms and customer toilets.

Personal protection for employees and customers:

Hand sanitiser stations will be made available at the entrance and on the shop floor and back of house for employee and customer use. Face masks and gloves will be made available to all Primark employees.

Perspex screens have been installed on tills to protect customers and employees.

Increased in-store cleaning:

The frequency and rigour of store cleaning will increase, particularly around high frequency touchpoints such as tills, escalators, lifts, and employee areas in back of house.

A basket cleaning system is also being introduced.

Primark CEO, Paul Marchant, said:

“As we re-open our stores in England, nothing matters more than the health and wellbeing of our colleagues and customers.

“We have really missed our customers and we are delighted to be back on 15 June and able to provide them with the quality, affordable products they love from Primark.

“We know that life for our customers is going to look different for a while. We want our stores to be safe and reassuring places to shop and work. While it might take a little longer to get into our stores, once inside, customers will find all their favourite Primark products and we have worked hard to make sure that clear signage and extra help will be there to guide them through the changes we have made to allow for social distancing.

“We will adopt all government safety advice as a minimum in our stores and have benefited from our experience in the other markets in Europe where we have already opened successfully. As we open, we will continue to look at best practice across the retail sector and amend our measures appropriately.

“I would like to thank all of our colleagues and partners for the commitment, strength and resilience they have shown through these challenging times.”

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