Health and safety: how safe is your coffee machine?

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In January 2014, a Shoosmiths client was served with a health and safety improvement notice after failing to provide its local council with a written scheme of examination and examination reports concerning a coffee machine.

This was held to be a breach of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000, the main regulations governing the duties and obligations concerning pressure equipment and systems.

The request for the written scheme and report was made following an initiative to ensure the safety of workplace pressure systems following a serious failing of a steam-producing coffee machine in Hampshire…

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