Principles of First Aid

Appears in
The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Cuisine

By French Culinary Institute

Published 2021

  • About
Burns, abrasions, and cuts are part and parcel of work in the kitchen. These occupational hazards must be dealt with promptly and knowledgeably to ensure that additional damage is not done to the victim or to the workplace.
Follow these simple kitchen safety rules and many, many accidents will be avoided:
  • A well-maintained fire extinguisher should be within arm’s reach at all times.
  • Immediately clean spills from floors and worktops. If a mop or other cleanup tool is not within reach, spread salt over floor spills to absorb moisture and prevent falls.
  • Always use guards and other safety devices provided for small equipment.
  • Never attempt to remove food from a machine that is in motion and always unplug electrical appliances before unloading, disassembling, or cleaning.
  • Do not touch or handle electrical equipment, switches, or outlets with wet hands or if standing in water.
  • Make certain that pilot lights are always lit and relight when necessary. Make sure that the kitchen is well ventilated.
  • Do not attempt to lift very heavy objects without assistance and when obliged to lift heavy pots, bend your knees and lift up.