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Tips to Keep You Safe at Your Restaurant Job

Article by Lindsay Cleghorn

You know what a busy night at a restaurant looks like right? The chaos that ensues between orders being called, bells being rung, and the notorious ‘BEHIND!’ being shouted as you cross the kitchen. Working in a restaurant requires long hours and oftentimes- constant motion, whether you’re a waiter or waitress, busser, chef, or manager, chances are you’re constantly moving during a meal rush.

With everyone buzzing around at a rapid pace, its easy to drop, spill, or break something and cause a disruption in the workflow that can ultimately cost you money whether it’s through time, tips, profit, or even workman’s comp claims.

Without an understanding of safety hazards and prevention techniques, you could find yourself with serious injuries and hefty financial losses.

Check out our list of common accidents and work safety tips to help prevent workplace accidents and make your restaurant safer:

Most Common Accidents

While there are numerous accidents that can occur at any given time, here are three accidents that happen frequently and but with a little effort, can be avoided.

Education and Prevention

While you can never completely prevent accidents, here are a few things that can be done to keep you and your workplace environment safer:

  • Utilize non-slip mats in slip prone areas like around sinks
  • Ensure that employees wear slip resistant footwear
  • Have employees wear cut-resistant gloves when handling sharp blades
  • Keep slicers and other dangerous equipment maintained at all times
  • Ensure that employees use oven mitts when handling hot pans

In addition to these tips, providing employees with educational materials is an effective way to train them to identify hazards and highlight ways to perform their jobs without getting injured.

It’s also crucial to have the appropriate emergency supplies on hand so injuries can be treated immediately.

There will always be the potential for accidents to happen when you are working in a restaurant environment. Practicing preventative kitchen techniques and safety tips can help you lower your odds of having an injury occur at work.

Want to learn more about SR Max® products and services? Check us out at srmax.com.

Our Top 3 Greatest Shoes for Waiters

Whether you’re working part time to earn some extra cash or you’re a seasoned veteran to the serving game, you know that being a server can very rough on your body.

 

From carrying food to rushing in and out of a hot and busy kitchen, after your shift you can’t wait to kick off your shoes and prop your feet up. Because of this, having the right waiter shoes is even more important.

As a server, you want to keep a few things in mind when investing in a new pair of work shoes:

  • Cushion: Working a long shift is not only exhausting, but with improper shoes, it can also be painful. You want to make sure that the shoes you are wearing have the proper cushion in order to support and keep your feet comfortable through your whole entire shift.
  • Style: Now, this will depend on your restaurant’s environment. From upscale dining to a more causal and laid back setting, there are safe and comfortable shoes perfect for either atmosphere. You chose the one best for your work environment.
  • Arch Support: Arch support is crucial! Having a good shoe that supports the health of your foot will ultimately be more beneficial for you and your body.
  • Quality: Price may be your first concern, but buying better quality shoes actually saves money in the long run. Shoes that are constructed using the best materials and proper construction should serve you for well over 6 months, which means you don’t have to buy shoes as often.

 

Now that we’ve gone over the important things to consider when purchasing a work shoe, we decided to provide you all with a few examples! Here are some of our more popular slip resistant restaurant shoes.

Casual

To the left is our SR Max® Dover Slip Resistant athletic shoe and for the ladies we have the stylish Malibu women’s casual work shoe. This style comes in men and women’s sizes. This shoe is perfect for a more casual atmosphere.

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Dress Casual

The shoe on the left is our men’s SR Max® Providence Slip Resistant Dress Oxford. The shoe to the right is women’s SR Max® Bristol dress wedge. Both of these styles are appropriate for a setting that may be more of a business casual atmosphere.

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Dress

To the left we have our men’s SR Max® Augusta dress shoe and to the right we have our women’s SR Max® Isabella shoe. These styles are perfect for more of a business professional atmosphere.

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These are just a few of the wonderful style s that SR Max® offers for the typical types of restaurant environment. If the kind of shoe you need for your work environment was not listed, please visit our website and find your perfect shoe today!

What is MaxTrax®?

At SR Max®, we talk a lot about MaxTrax®, our highly effective, patented, slip-resistant shoe outsole. But have you ever wondered what goes into making the sole that Works Where You Work? Well, wonder no more. We want to share a few of the things that make our MaxTrax® outsole so special.

When SR Max® first started in 2007, MaxTrax® had not yet been invented and we carried shoes with slip-resistant outsoles from other companies. In 2008, we decided to change the game by developing and producing the most slip resistant outsole available by:

  • Developing the overall design of the tread – The exclusive pattern is intended to give the outsole the maximum amount of surface area possible (increasing its contact with the floor for better traction) while still maintaining deep grooves designed to help channel liquids. This specialized groove design, while channeling fluids, allows for an inherent self-cleaning characteristic that keeps the bottom of our shoes cleaner than many other slip resistant shoes (though intermittent manual cleaning by the wearer is still necessary).
  • A flexible, soft rubber compound outsole – This specific outsole provides more give upon impact, allowing for an enhanced grip and maintaining a better hold with the ground. In our most recent independent Brungrabber Mark II slip resistance testing in greasy, high soil oily/wet, and wet environments, MaxTrax® proved itself to be a super star of slip resistance.  MaxTrax® far exceeded the Coefficient of Friction (i.e. the measure of slip resistance) necessary to make a safe step in each test. Where other outsoles failed on one type of surface or had COF’s near the mark for slipping on others, SR Max® alone surpassed the threshold on all surfaces tested.
  • Partnerships – All SR Max® brand shoes are made with the MaxTrax® outsole, but we’ve also partnered up with several other brands to make MaxTrax® available on select shoes offered exclusively by SR Max®. Look for the MaxTrax® logo on many styles we offer from brands such as Skechers, Dansko, Rockport Works, and Reebok.

Interested in getting your own pair of slip-resistant shoes featuring the MaxTrax® outsole? Check us out online at srmax.com to place an order, contact customer service, or request a catalog. 

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*Please Note: While our MaxTrax® outsole is truly in a class of its own, it is important to remember that no shoe is completely slip-proof. This is particularly the case if the sole of the shoe is prevented from making contact with the floor (for example: slipping on a banana peel). Always use caution and take preventative measures when working in slippery environments.

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Better Kitchen Shoes!

If you work as a dishwasher, a chef or a prep cook, the right pair of kitchen shoes can make all the difference. When you spend your whole shift on your feet, it’s important to have the right kitchen slip resistant shoes. Knowing what to look for and having a few good examples can set you on the path to safety and comfort on the job. Continue reading

How to Clean Slip Resistant Shoes [Part 1: Upper]

We occasionally get the question, “How do I clean my slip resistant work shoes?” After a recent discussion on Twitter, we decided to break this topic down here on Get a Grip!

To properly maintain your slip resistant shoes, there are two things you must consider: cleaning the upper and cleaning the outsole. A shoe’s “upper” is everything above the sole that covers the sides and top of the foot. This is the majority of the visible part of the shoe. A shoe’s “outsole” is the bottom part of the shoe that touches the floor. This is what makes the shoe slip resistant.

Today’s post will focus on cleaning and caring for a shoe upper. Continue reading