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Hospitality and restaurant safety

Millions of Americans work in the restaurant and hospitality industry, especially teens and young adults. Learn how to recognize common hazards and prevent injuries, including burns, cuts, and back pain.

Chefs compete to see who's got the chops when it comes to restaurant safety. Learn how to avoid common kitchen injuries, including burns and cuts, muscle strains and falls, and hazardous chemicals and equipment.

View individual segments [Spanish]

Kitchen safety game:
Do you have what it takes to defeat the champ? Play our game and find out. [Spanish]

Supporting materials:
Restaurant and kitchen safety tips [Spanish] (PDF)

Posters (11 x 17) (PDF)
Burns [Spanish], Chemical exposures [Spanish], Cuts [Spanish], 
Equipment/electrical accidents [Spanish], Strains and sprains [Spanish], Slips, trips and falls [Spanish]



Oregon OSHA

Visit the Oregon OSHA website to learn more about restaurant safety and regulations. Start here:

Restaurants and kitchens

Restaurant and kitchen safety tips [PDF]  
This quick handout is a great overview of common kitchen hazards and includes ways to address them. [Spanish]

Knife and blade handling [PDF]
Do you know the 10 tips for preventing cuts?

Posters [PDF]
These posters provide tips to prevent injuries in kitchens. They are formatted to print at 11 x 17.

Preventing cuts and amputations from food slicers and meat grinders (OSHA) [PDF]
This quick guide describes the main hazards from operating food slicers and meat grinders and offers best practices for preventing cuts and amputations.

Kitchen safety videos (WorkSafe BC)
Stream these short videos that provide tips for common kitchen hazards.

Safety training materials (University of California, Berkeley) [PDF]
Help employees gain the skills they need to recognize common restaurant hazards and prevent injuries and illnesses.

Young workers

eTool | Restaurant safety  (OSHA)
Many teens' first job is in the restaurant industry. This interactive eTool about young workers includes information, posters, and quizzes to help them stay safe.

Restaurant safety resources (Washington State Department of Labor & Industries)
A variety of resources to help train young workers and others in the restaurant industry

Delivery drivers

Fast food delivery safety tips (Massachusetts Safety Officers League) [PDF]
Robberies and assaults are a frequent hazard for delivery drivers. Find out what you can do to protect them.

Video library
Kitchen safety showdown

Chefs compete to see who’s got the chops when it comes to restaurant safety. Learn how to avoid common kitchen injuries, including burns and cuts, muscle strains and falls, and hazardous chemicals and equipment.

Kitchen safety game:
Do you have what it takes to defeat the champ? Play our game and find out. [Spanish]

Supporting materials:
Restaurant and kitchen safety tips [Spanish] (PDF) 

Posters (11 x 17):
Burns [Spanish] (PDF)
Chemical exposures [Spanish] (PDF)
Cuts [Spanish] (PDF)
Equipment/electrical accidents [Spanish] (PDF)
Strains and sprains [Spanish] (PDF)
Slips, trips and falls [Spanish] (PDF)

For more info, go to https://www.saif.com/kitchensafety

Play all  | English (13.26)  Play all  | Spanish (14.44)

Play individual segments (English):
Round 1: Burns and cuts (4:55)
Round 2: Strains and falls (3:05)
Round 3: Chemicals and equipment (5:40)

Play individual segments (Spanish):
Ronda 1: Quemaduras y cortaduras (5:15)
Ronda 2: Esguinces y caídas (3:22)
Ronda 3: Químicos y aparatos de cocina (6:31) 



DVD (no streaming available)

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