Principles of First Aid

Appears in
The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking

By French Culinary Institute

Published 2021

  • About
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.