Talking to young workers about kitchen safety

Have rubber mats around for extra safety.

Have rubber mats around for extra safety.

When working in a restaurant, it’s common for the kitchen employees to be a younger crowd. Depending on the establishment, there could be young individuals roaming the rubber mat floors of the kitchen, and it’s important for managers to know how to properly talk to these employees about safety.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, work with younger employees to find the safety hazards around the workplace. It could be something as simple as pointing them out and quizzing them later, or providing handouts that list the most common hazards that young employees face. The agency offers different training manuals so managers can have a lesson plan on the ins and outs of safety.

When working in a fast-paced environment like a restaurant kitchen, hazards can surprise people. According to Talking Safety, managers need to clearly identify all safety issues with their employees, and be sure to highlight anything that might be hazardous. Even if they can’t see a hazard, warning them about things like slippery floors and bumping into each other can help workers be mindful when on the job. Consider also having rules for the kitchen posted around, so younger workers are always able to refer back to them whenever they need it.

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