Practical Cooking Equipment for Primary Schools are not all the same. We have noticed a few companies selling Mobile Cook Stations using Mini Table Top Ovens with Boiling Rings. The height the ovens are positioned leave children vulnerable and susceptible to second and third degree burns.
We have tested some of these ovens according to BS EN 60335-2-6 to find some do not comply at the height they are positioned. The oven doors and housings get far too hot to meet this specification thus leaving schools outside the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Shamefully some companies are targeting sales of these Cook Stations to KS1 and KS2 Primary Schools with a disclaimer informing, 'Please note the oven will get hot during use; please ensure children are supervised at all times'.
Always check the oven complies with the European British Standards EN 60335-2-6 and if the oven needs to be placed above 850mm to pass the test. There are 2 different temperature tables whether the oven is placed above or below 850mm from the floor.
Electric Oven Temperature Testing
Electric ovens are measured in accordance with the European British Standards EN 60335-2-6.
For a central oven temperature test.
Pre heat the oven to a temperature of 200°C
Depending on the height of the oven different temperatures apply.
For Freestanding cookers and ovens below 850mm from the floor
Temperature limits are as follows
- Metal and painted metal 45°C plus ambient temperature
- Vitreous - enamel metal 50°C plus ambient temperature
- Glass 7 ceramic 60°C plus ambient temperature
- Plastic 80°C plus ambient temperature
For Freestanding cookers and ovens above 850mm from the floor
Temperature limits are as follows
- Metal and painted metal 60°C plus ambient temperature
- Vitreous - enamel metal 65°C plus ambient temperature
- Glass 7 ceramic 80°C plus ambient temperature
- Plastic 100°C plus ambient temperature
Duties as an employer
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the employer in a school must take reasonable steps to ensure that staff and pupils are not exposed to risks to their health and safety. This applies to activities on or off school premises.
Sometime civil proceedings in negligence can be taken against an employer or an individual member of staff. However, legal action for negligence against schools is only likely to be successful if:
- the school has not taken care of a child in a way that a prudent parent would have done;
- as a result, the child has been injured; and
- the injury was a foreseeable consequence.
Please check, all ovens used for Practical Cooking within Primary Schools carry the European British Standard EN 60335-2-6.
Children should be able to experience a wide range of activities. Health and safety measures should help them to do this safely, not stop them.
It is important that children learn to understand and manage the risks that are a normal part of life.
Common sense should be used in assessing and managing the risks of any activity.
Health and safety procedures should always be proportionate to the risks of an activity.
Staff should be given the training they need so they can keep themselves and children safe and manage risks effectively.
At Mexa Thermal Systems we pride ourselves on the high safety standards we set, all our Mobile Cook Stations and Associated Products comply with the European British standards EN 60335-2-6.
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