Restaurant Industry Safety & Health - Back of the House


Man in white apron reaches on a stove and grabs a large soup pot lid with a towel. Caption: Be careful of scading steam from boiling post of soup.Information for:

  • Cooks/Chefs.
  • Food preparation workers.
  • Alley staff.
  • Pastry/dessert chefs, bakers.
  • Dishwashers.
  • Sanitation/cleaning staff.
  • Repair/maintenance staff.
  • Material handlers/supply stockers.
  • Supervisors/Managers.

Man cleaning urinals in a public bathroom. Caption: Wear gloves and other necessary personal protective equipment. Workers in the kitchen and food preparation areas must be aware of a wide variety of physical and health hazards, including cuts and amputations from knives and slicers; burns and scalds; electrical shock or fires from bad wiring and damaged electrical plugs, cords, or outlets; hazardous contact with cleaning & sanitizing chemicals; falls due to slippery floors; and sprains & strains due to repetitive work, lifting, or awkward postures.

If you also routinely or occasionally perform front-of-the-house tasks when cross-working help is needed, make sure you view that section as well.

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