Food Service General SafetyWorking Safer and Easier
Workplace hazards can be costly as workers may sufferinjuries. You can make a difference by implementing thesetips: 1. A Safe and Healthful Workplace 2. Commitment to Safety and Health 3. Effective Communication 4. Training 5. Use of Personal Protective Equipment
Decreased Injury RiskIncreased ProductivityDecreased MistakesIncreased EfficiencyDecreased lost work daysDecreased TurnoverImproved Morale
Sweeping floors may involve awkward positions of the wrists andprolonged contact pressure on the hands. In addition, the back andneck are often in an awkward forward bent posture. Avoid bending or twisting Keep wrists straight. Get closer to the work. your wrists. Tips and Improvement Ideas Do not bend your back. If needed, bend your knees and not your back. Wear knee pads if available and kneel down to get closer to the work..
Pad the broom handle if possible. Avoid bending your back. Remain upright and keep elbows close to your body. A curved handle allows a straight wrist.
Mopping floors may involve awkward positions of the wrists andprolonged contact pressure on the hands. In addition, the back andneck are often in an awkward forward bent posture. Tips and Improvement ideas • Place a “Caution: Wet Floor” sign in the area. • Select mop heads that do not readily shed loose threads. • Consider smaller mop heads. They are lighter when wet, and easier to squeeze. • If you have an adjustable mop, then adjust the length of the mop handles to the height of your forehead to reduce bending.
Alternate mopping styles. Swing mop in a horizontal figure 8 direction If possible pad the handle or use a padded mop handle to cushion and improve your grip. Stand upright and keep elbows close to your body. Avoid extreme reaches to the right and left.
Alternate right and left hands at the top of the mop handle.RIGHT LEFT
Tips and Improvement ideas Bend your knees and keep your back straight as you push the mop wringer handle down. If possible use a mop bucket raised off the floor to reduce the bending and force needed to wring the water out. While squeezing the mop, place your foot in front of the wheel to prevent the bucket from moving.
Tips and Improvement Ideas• Use the smallest amount of cleaning solution possible.• With bent knees, lift the bucket keeping it close to your body.• Keep your back straight and do not twist.• Rest the bucket on the edge of the sink while dumping water.
Dump water while resting Bend your knees and the bucket on the sink. keep your back straight while lifting the bucket.
Trying to lift too muchTwisting and Bending while lifting Reaching and Lifting
STEP ONETest the load to get an indication as to how heavy the object is.
Step TwoStand close to the load withyour feet spread apart aboutshoulder width, with one footslightly in front of the other forbalance.
Step SevenTo place the objectbelow the level ofyour waist, follow thesame procedures inreverse order.
For difficult lifting tasks, keep these optionsin mind: Ask a co-worker for help.
When pushing a cart: Stay close to the load Don’t lean forward Use both arms
If you must pull the cart:Face the object squarely, with one foot at least 12 inches in front of the other.Keep your back straightBend your knees slightly and pull in a smooth motion.
Food service employees come in contact with chemicals daily, and thereare some chemicals in the kitchen which are potentially dangerous.Each kitchen staff should take precaution when using chemicals. DO Read Labels Know what chemical to use Know the dangers of the chemical Know how to use the chemical Know how to dispose of the chemical Know where MSDS sheets are (SAISD plant operations website) Use PPE ( Personal Protective Equipment) DON’T Mix Chemicals Bring Outside chemicals in the school Spray chemicals toward others Use Chemicals without proper PPE
Remember:Dont assume that garbage bags weigh the same each timeInjuries can occur when lifting an unexpectedly heavy can.
Emptying the Trash Always wear gloves Check the weight of the can by tilting or pushing it.Grasp the lip around the rim of the can; use two hands if the can is heavy and avoid bending your wrists. Change hands to pick up and lower trash cans.Empty trash cans frequently to avoid accumulating heavy Loads.
Always lean the garbage tilt dumpster forward when emptying the trash. When going downhill, Never stand in front the tilt dumpster. Use both hands when pushing the garbage tilt dumpster. Ask a Co-Worker for help in emptying the garbage tilt dumpster. Do Not overload the garbage tilt dumpster if possible.
Food Carts / Slips, Trips & Falls When cleaning a Food Carts with water ,Wash them outside ifpossible, and then allow them to dry before bringing them inside the building. Make sure the area where you are washing the food cart has no traffic, and always remember to put a wet floor sign in the area. Avoid dripping water from the cart in any area where there is traffic.
Don’t lift objects over your head. Don’t twist your body when lifting or setting an object down. Don’t reach over an obstacle to lift a load. Move whatever is in the way or go around it. Slow down, Don’t Rush and Pay attention to what your doing to avoid mistakes. Use your PPE When wiping down tables always wring your towel out over the bucket to avoid water dripping on the floor.
Look at the risk factors you encounter at home and atwork –think ergonomics. Ask yourself: “What awkward postures do I encounter?” “Can I readjust sitting/standing positions to maintain neutral postures?” “Do I use excess force on my job? If so, how can I reduce or eliminate that force?” “When lifting is required, am I following the right steps to lift correctly?” “Do I have any other ideas to make my work space or tasks more ergonomically comfortable?”