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…)
According to Prevent Blindness, ‘more than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day. About 1 in 10 injuries require one or more missed workdays to recover from eye injuries. Of the total amount of work-related injuries, 10-20% will cause temporary or permanent vision loss.’ These numbers mean between 200 and 400 people are losing their vision every day. The results of eye injuries cost millions of dollars annually due to medical costs, lost productivity, and workers compensation. Not to mention the permanent, long-lasting effects that could alter a person’s life forever. Something as simple as a $10 pair of safety glasses could prevent this from becoming an employee’s reality. Below we outline valuable eye safety tips you can employ in your business right away.(more…)
No matter how well the snow and ice is cleared from parking lots or sidewalks, customers and employees may still encounter some slippery surfaces. It is important for everyone to be constantly aware of these dangers.
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Working with electricity can be dangerous. Engineers, electricians, maintenance personnel, and others work with electricity directly, including minor electrical repairs to work on cable harnesses and circuit assemblies. Office workers, retail, hospitality, contractor, restaurant, and other employees work with electricity indirectly and may also be exposed to electrical hazards.
Normal wear on extension cords can loosen or expose wires. Cords that are not 3-wire type, are not designed for hard usage, or that have been modified increase your risk of contacting electric current and receiving an electric shock.
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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…)
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…)
Now that you have assessed the unique dangers that may affect your worksite, let’s take a closer look at six common controls that will help to keep your employees safe when working in traffic. (more…)