Dining Room and Dish Room Safety Prevention and Treatment
Lifting and Carrying • Use the proper lifting techniques when lifting and carrying heavy loads. Clear the path you intend to take. When lifting, bend the knees and use the legs to lift. Be careful when carrying liquids, especially hot ones. Never lift beyond your own lifting capacity.
Knives • Knives are one of the most useful tools in the food service, but also one of the most dangerous. • Always cut away from the body on a proper cutting surface. • Put on a mesh glove or make sure to protect your hands when cutting hard-to-cut desserts • Keep the blades sharp and clean. Keep the knife grips clean. • Never leave knives lying in water with the rest of the utensils as it can injure an unsuspecting dishwasher. • When wiping blades, always point the cutting edge away from the hand. Lay knives flat and away from counter edges. • If a knife should fall, do not try to catch it. Pick it up after it has fallen. • Always return clean knives to their proper storage areas when done working with them
Dishwasher Safety • Glasses can break in the dishwasher. Beware of this when loading and unloading to prevent being cut. • Sharp knives and prongs can cut if they are not loaded facing downward. • Do not reach into the washer or dryer when it is operating. Wait until the machine has stopped completely. • Never wash or dry articles spotted with flammable substances like dry cleaning fluids or gasoline. They could ignite or explode. • Incorrect use of chlorine bleach with ammonia can produce poisonous gas.
Pressure Washer • Risks • · The strong spray from a pressure washer can cause serious wounds that might first appear minor. • Wounds that appear minor can cause a person to delay treatment, increasing risk for infection, • disability or amputation. • · The fast, strong spray can throw objects that strike and injure others who are close by. • · Electric shock can occur if the pressure washer is not used properly and if safety instructions are not followed. • · Using small, gasoline powered engines can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. • Workers should not use any equipment powered by gasoline engines inside buildings or other partially enclosed spaces • unless the gasoline engine can be placed outdoors and away from air intakes.
Precautions • Never point a pressure washer at yourself or others. • · Never attempt to push or move objects with spray from the washer. • · Never use a gasoline powered washer in an enclosed space. • · Always test the ground fault circuit interrupter (circuit breaker or outlet) before using a pressure • washer. • · Always plug a properly grounded pressure washer into a properly grounded receptacle.
Precautions continued • If an extension cord must be used, keep the pressure washer’s power cord connection out of any standing water, and use a heavy duty extension cord with components rated for use in wet locations. • Keep both the power cord and extension cord connections as far away as possible from the item being washed and away from any water runoff. • ·Wear rubber soled shoes that provide some insulation when using the pressure washer. • Never cut or splice the pressure washer’s power cord or extension cords.
Precautions continued • Never remove the grounding prong from the pressure washer’s power cord plug or the extension cord. • · Always have a qualified electrician check the pressure washer for electrical problems after it has tripped a circuit breaker.
Burn Treatment • Run cool water and affected area, DO NOT apply creams or any other substances until the severity of the burn has been looked at by a medical professional • Shield yourself from steam when uncovering food, especially microwave servings. • Steam can cause serious burns.
Floors • Wet floor signs must be moved as you go. They must be visible in both the back and the front of the cafeteria, otherwise someone might trip and fall. • When cleaning the dish room floors, make sure the floor is dry after pressuring washing and before the rugs are put back
Additional Notes • Remember you personal safety is extremely important! • Try and be aware of safety guidelines • Put your own safety before any object!