Burns, abrasions, and cuts are part and parcel of work in all kitchens. These occupational hazards must be dealt with promptly and knowledgeably to prevent further injury and to maintain a sanitary workplace.
Follow these simple kitchen safety rules and you will avoid many accidents:
- Keep a well-maintained fire extinguisher within arm’s reach at all times.
- Immediately clean spills from floors and worktables. 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 sure that the kitchen is well ventilated.
- Check that pilot lights are lit and relight when necessary.
- Do not attempt to lift heavy objects without assistance, and when obliged to lift heavy objects, bend your knees and lift using your legs.