Slicing machines are among the food processing machines that cause most accidents in catering kitchens. While carrying out its inspections of workplaces on land, the work environment authority has noted that a number of older slicing machines as well as new CE marked models do not fulfil current safety requirements.
When the food carriage on the slicing machine is removed, the slice thickness plate must be in its zero position. It must then be impossible to start the slicing machine if the slice thickness is changed from zero as long as the food carriage is not in place. This is to guarantee safety when the slicing machine is dismantled for cleaning, for example. On repeated occasions it has been noted that slicing machines can be started even when the food carriage is removed.
Among the makes involved are Berkel, Sirman, Celme, President and Omega. The Work Environment Authority has decided to ban any slicing machines that do not fulfil safety requirements.
The Transport Agency’s Marine department recommends that all slicing machines onboard be immediately checked and necessary measures taken.