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Top Safety Tips for Cafeteria Workers

Article by Lindsay Cleghorn

Go back to school… accident free!

Back to school isn’t just for the kiddos. For the past month or so, Cafeteria workers have also been heading back to school to serve hundreds upon thousands of students every day. And just like any other kitchen, cafeterias can be full of hazards if you aren’t paying attention. Check out these tips to keep yourself and coworkers safe in the kitchen this school year:

Avoid the Slick Spots:

DON’T Feel the Burn

  • Always use proper protection for hot items such as oven mitts, hot pads, utensils,  and heat resistant gloves as your first line of defense against burns.
  • When preparing food always stand away from steamy items such as pots and pans, or items in microwaveable packaging such as steam bags for vegetables, and never drop food directly into a fryer, avoid any oil splatters by carefully placing the items in the hot oil with a slotted spoon.
  • Another key tip is to avoid overfilling pots, this prevents any hot liquid from boiling over the sides.

Cut it Out  

  • In order to avoid any cuts or scrapes, try cutting away from your body while using a stabilized cutting surface such as a cutting board when chopping something. Waiting until food is completely thawed before cutting into it will also help prevent cuts due to the fact that there will be less of a struggle to get the knife through the food.
  • Only use a knife for its intended purpose… that means you too, knife wielders.
  • Last but not least, this one seems pretty obvious, but we’ll go ahead and say it anyway. DON’T try and catch falling knives. The chances of you catching it in a way that doesn’t lead to an injury are slim to none. Even though it means taking yet another object to the dishwasher, it’s better than losing a digit due to a knee-jerk reaction.   

These are just a few basic tips to help keep you safe on the job. If you want to take it a step further, check out this blog on safety tips you can implement today, or learn more about starting your own shoe program.

 

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