The restaurant industry has always been one of the most highly competitive fields. New restaurants open on a regular basis, driving others to explore creative options to keep their customers happy. This is often accomplished by expanding menus and exploring alternate cooking methods. In recent years, meat smoking has grown in popularity and the once regional staple can now be found offered in various restaurants across the country. Without question, a meat smoker may be responsible for some of your favorite tender, flavor-filled recipes. It’s an incredible asset and moneymaker, but it can also be hazardous if not properly maintained. A cooking equipment fire can cause insurmountable damage to your staff and operation. Properly cleaning a meat smoker is crucial for fire prevention, as well as maintaining proper health standards.(more…)
“Bend your knees, not your back.”
“Don’t twist as you lift.”
Most of us have heard these nuggets before. It’s good advice, but it seems to go against human nature and common behavior. Here are actions you can take to help you lift properly: (more…)
Computers have made us a more productive workforce, but employees who sit or stand all day in front of a computer workstation may suffer from aches and pains caused by poor body mechanics. Poor posture causes muscles to work harder when they are held in prolonged positions, such as sitting at a desk all day or standing in one position for several hours at a time. When poor body mechanics are matched with an incorrect workstation set-up (i.e. equipment that is too high or too low) aches and pains can be the result.
In most situations, these six simple adjustments to the workstation can reduce or eliminate the stressful position: (more…)
A meat slicer can be used to slice meats and cheeses to required thickness and size. This tool has a sharp blade that rotates at high speeds, and it can cause serious injury. First, make sure that meat slicer operators are at least 18 years of age. Most important, make sure everyone using the meat slicer understands how to properly operate it. (more…)
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is your last defense against injury. Exposure to elevated noise, potentially harmful gases and liquids, and objects ejected from work processes can be an everyday occurrence. Protecting your health and safety depends on your attitude and ensuring that you maintain your PPE properly. Follow these smart tips… (more…)
Outdoor grilling is a popular way to cook food for the summer holidays, sporting events, or even family get-togethers. Even though grilling is a tasty way to prepare food, you should remember that grills can be very hot, and could cause fires or burn injuries. Grill fire statistics can be alarming so it’s important to take the proper precautions. Whether you prefer to grill with propane or charcoal, these simple tips will have you on your way to grilling safely. (more…)
The primary focus of all work environments should be to prevent accidents. When accidents do happen, we must investigate them to understand how to prevent reoccurrence. To conduct a successful investigation you will need to observe the scene, interview victims and witnesses, evaluate the facts, and determine the root causes to understand how the accident occurred. It is important to remember that an investigation is a fact-finding and not a fault-finding activity. Your goal is to understand the chain of events, how it happened, why it happened, and what must be done to prevent another employee injury from the same cause. (more…)
Electric shock is a frequent cause of kitchen injuries. Electricity in combination with wet floors, wet food preparation surfaces and dishwashing equipment can pose a serious hazard.
The following hazards may cause electric shock: (more…)
Employees who work in slippery conditions, such as kitchens or grocery food prep areas are often subject to slips and falls due to floor conditions. Cooking with oil and working with water, ice, or other food materials can cause a very hazardous surface, especially when combined with staff hurrying due to their workload. This may result in frequent slips and falls.
Remember these tips to reduce slip and fall risks in wet or oily working environments: (more…)
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases each year. As a professional in the food service industry, you have the opportunity to prevent food-related illness and reduce food safety liability by avoiding a few common food safety errors. (more…)