By Ethan Gibble
Were you aware that out of all the on-the-job injuries that occur worldwide, one out of every twenty takes place at an eating or drinking establishment? That's exactly what a recent study from Cintas Corporation revealed, and it serves as an excellent reminder of the importance of implementing and enforcing safe practices within your food service operation. According to Cintas, via an article published in Reuters, the top four on-the-job injuries are:
1. Lacerations and Punctures: With all of the knives, slicers, and other sharp instruments your employees regularly work with (not to mention the occasional broken glass), this should come as no surprise.
2. Burns: Whether dealing with boiling water, scalding fryer oil, or active stovetops, burns are another major injury risk in restaurants, where one third of occupational burns occur each year.
3. Sprains and Strains: Space is always at a premium in any busy commercial kitchen, occasionally forcing the placement of select items to be less than ideal, leading to the potential for sprains and strains. Potentially hard-to-reach items could cause injury due to tripping or overreaching while heavy, low-lying bulk ingredients could wreak havoc on your workers' backs as a result of improper lifting form.
4. Eye Injury: Splashes of grease or sanitizing chemicals frequently found in food service environments leave your employees' eyes vulnerable to injury, too.
WEBstaurantStore.com provides you with many products that can help protect your workers from these types of injuries. A pair of cut resistant gloves can go a long way in preventing lacerations, a terry sleeve and some reliable oven mitts and gloves protect against burns, protective safety glasses guard eyes against the splashing of hot liquids, and Regenecy NSF epoxy chrome wire shelves and posts give you everything you need to build a customizable shelving unit to accommodate the exact space restrictions of your kitchen.
Of course, as the article points out, these protective measures don't mean a great deal on their own. You also need to implement an effective first aid program to ensure that your employees are properly trained to act accordingly in the event that an injury does take place. A major step in achieving that goal is ensuring that your first aid kits and first aid supplies are always well-stocked and easily accessible.
To read the original article in its entirety, check out http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/19/idUS151687+19-Sep-2011+HUG20110919.