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]
Supporting materials:
Restaurant and kitchen safety tips (PDF)
Posters (11 x 17) (PDF)
BurnsChemical exposuresCutsEquipment/electrical accidentsStrains and sprainsSlips, trips and falls

Oregon OSHA

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

Restaurants and kitchens

Safety tips [PDF]  
An easy-to-read chart with advice on common restaurant hazards, including knives, housekeeping, lifting, storage, driving, grease and fire prevention, and workplace violence.

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


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.

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

Working safely in restaurants (Connecticut Dept. of Public Health) [PDF]
Quick, one-page guides with tips for preventing burns, cuts, strains and sprains, and other injuries caused by slipping, tripping, lifting, and repetitive motions

Preventing back pain (UK Health and Safety) [PDF]
Without proper controls, many kitchen tasks can cause back pain or upper limb disorders. This document explains how to avoid, eliminate, or reduce the risk of injury.

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

DVD (no streaming available)

  • BBP for hospitality | OCCUPAT-12
    8 minutes | This video meets the training requirements for employees working in se … Read more
  • Kitchen safety (hospitality) | KITCHEN-01
    10 minutes | This comprehensive video addresses how to work safely with and around … Read more
  • Boxcutter/utility knife safety | GENSAFE-19
    8:30 minutes | This video is an excellent overview of utility knife/box cutter safety … Read more
  • Hospitality training - housekeeping safety: universal language | HOTEL-1
    22 minutes | Housekeeping personnel face unique safety challenges. This video instr … Read more