Safely Operate Equipment
Follow manufacturer instructions and use all protective gear or safety guidelines for machines with sharp or dangerous parts.
Wash Hands Frequently
Thoroughly wash hands with warm soapy water before and after handling food, utensils, and equipment. Make sure hand-sinks are properly installed in all food preparation areas. This minimizes the transfer of harmful bacteria. Learn More
Take Care to Avoid Falls
Clean up spills immediately and remove any obstacles or wet spots on the floor. Consider enforcing slip-resistant shoes to minimize injuries from slipping on floors.
Wear a Proper Uniform
In addition to slip-resistant shoes, uniform standards may include hairnets, plastic gloves, and aprons. These prevent long hair, germs, and loose clothing from contaminating foods and getting caught in kitchen equipment.
Maintain Clean Personal Hygiene and Behaviors
Proper hygiene provides an extra safeguard against the transfer of harmful bacteria. Keep all smoking, eating, drinking, coughing, or sneezing away from food-preparation areas. Keep ill employees at home and away from the workplace. Plastic or latex gloves also reduce risks of cross-contamination.
Be Wary of Burns
Burns from hot surfaces, water, oil, and food are common causes of injury in a kitchen environment. Take proper precautions and consider pot holders and oven mitts to provide extra protection to anyone working around hot equipment or food.
Use Caution with Sharp Edges
Knives, machine parts, equipment, and broken glass can all have sharp edges. Wearing cut resistant gloves can prove especially helpful when handling sharp objects.
Minimize Strains and Sprains
Train employees in proper lifting techniques and ways to eliminate excessive reaching or repetitive motion injuries. Anti fatigue mats are often helpful for employees who stand for long periods of time.
Handle Hazardous Chemicals with Care
Read labels, be familiar with Material Safety Data Sheets for any chemicals on the premises, and utilize any protective gear available.
Prepare for Emergencies
Implement an action plan for accidents, natural disasters, fires, violent situations, and other emergencies that may occur on the premises. Communicate the action plan to all employees.