Office Kitchen Etiquette

Compliplus Kitchen safetyIn an office environment the storage, preparation and consumption of food can often be a source of conflict. Smelly lunches, spilled food and dirty dishes can cause strife amongst co-workers and can be a health hazard. Research has found that one of the dirtiest places in the office is the office fridge. The following advice may help if you have a shared kitchen in your workplace.


  • Clean as you go
  • Keep surfaces clean and clear of debris
  • Label your food and drinks clearly
  • Cover food when reheating in the microwave and wipe it down after each use
  • Once a week, or on a specified date, have a fridge clear out
  • Wash and dry cups, plates and utensils after use
  • Make sure you shut the fridge and freezer door firmly
  • Remind staff to bring home their containers weekly.
  • Store food and drink in leak proof containers


  • Don’t move or take items that aren’t yours
  • Don’t leave items in the fridge until they go off
  • Don’t adjust the fridge temperature settings
  • Don’t leave your dirty dishes in the sink.

Cleaning of the shared kitchen, especially the fridge and microwave, should be a shared responsibility in your office. An office rota may help to ensure that the cleaning is not left to the same person all the time. A sign on the fridge or microwave can also remind staff to keep their kitchen clean and leave the mould growing in teh laboratory!