Restaurant and other kitchen workers face a challenging work environment. Standing for long periods of time, lifting heavy pots and food items, and reaching overhead are all part of the job. As a result, these workers are especially prone to injuries if they’re not being mindful of ways to keep themselves safe. Employers should provide kitchen employees with training on how to work safely and tips for preventing injuries. Check out the list of ergonomic tips for kitchen workers below and click here for even more information and tips.
Tips for Safe Kitchen Work:
- Reduce your reach; keep work close to your body.
- Tilt bins or boxes towards you.
- Store frequently used items between hip and shoulder height.
- Use a cart to move items when possible, to eliminate having to carry heavy items.
- Turn entire body when reaching for and retrieving items, instead of twisting.
- Wear supportive shoes with anti-slip treads.
- Take frequent breaks, especially while performing repetitive work.
- Choose the correct tool for the job.