Whatever your motivation to work in a restaurant kitchen. Whether it is a temporary way to earn money or something you plan to do for the rest of your life – perhaps working your way up to open your own restaurant – it’s essential to be cautious.
Kitchens are full of potential hazards, and injury could jeopardize your ability to earn and enjoy the rest of your life. These are some of the most pressing concerns to remain conscious of.
Restaurant owners should set out their kitchens to reduce the need to transport pots of boiling liquid and to reduce the chance those carrying hot items bump into someone.
Chefs learn to keep their knives sharp. This avoids the need to apply excessive force, which could lead to the knife slipping. Yet it does mean that one wrong move could lead to injury when washing a knife, using it or even dropping it. Other dangers come from machinery, such as slicers and blenders. Covers and guards should function, and the machines turned off when cleaning.
Slips and trips
Spillages must be mopped promptly and warning signs put in place if the area cannot be fully dried off.
Careful planning can minimize the need for staff to haul heavy sacks or boxes. Allocating sufficient staff to receive a delivery can also reduce the need for someone to pick up heavy items alone.
While chemicals should go nowhere near foods, you may be required to handle them to maintain the rigorous hygiene standards required. Proper storage and labeling are crucial, and employers should provide training on safe usage.
Accidents can still happen, of course. If you are injured, you’ll need to understand how to file a workers’ compensation claim to better ensure that your financial and medical needs are largely taken care of as you recover.