The restaurant industry is booming these days. And if you own a restaurant, you know how important it is to make sure that your employees stay safe, especially while in the kitchen. So, how exactly do you keep your employees safe in the kitchen? Here are the top three safety tips to implement in your kitchen today.
If your employees are constantly in and out of the kitchen, it’s important to make sure that they’re dressed appropriately. Enforce the requirement of closed-toe footwear, dark clothing, and if they have long hair ask them to tie it back. The closed-toe footwear will prevent their feet from getting burned or injured due to falling kitchen tools. Keeping their hair out of their faces will prevent it from catching on fire and from getting in the food they’re cooking.
Whether you decide to go with a concrete floor coating or a floor mat, making sure the floor is safe at all times is key. The concrete flooring can help reduce the number of slips and falls in your kitchen, which are the number one cause of accidents in hotels, restaurants, and public buildings. Floor mats may also soak up water from faucets and drains as well as any falling oils or debris so no one can slip or trip on anything.
If you don’t have a fire suppression system in your kitchen, you need one immediately. Since your employees are going to be dealing with fire and other cooking materials, the chance that an incident may occur is extremely high. If you have a fire suppression system installed in your kitchen, the system will be connected to the gas line and the range hood. If the line is tripped, the fuel source will be cut and fire will no longer be produced. A fire suppressant spray will also be released from the hood.
Keeping your employees safe, especially while they’re working in the kitchen, is your key to a successful restaurant. You’ll bring more people in through the door and your employees will love coming to work knowing they are protected.