The PPE Requirements for Commercial Kitchens
Posted on: September 25, 2019 by RMS Hospitality
Like any job site, there are certain standards that are in place in order to keep staff safe from the various types of harm that can occur, especially in a food setting where everything from sharp knives to hot ovens creates a world or liabilities.
Personal protective equipment, also known as PPE, is used in a wide array of industries in order to keep employees and the public safe. In the restaurant industry, protective gloves, thick floor mats, and aprons may come to mind. But what exactly is required in order to keep everyone working behind the scenes safe and to stay in compliance with OSHA standards?
Why is PPE Relevant in the Kitchen?
A kitchen is a busy and loud environment that can present a number of risks that could end up harming someone who gets caught in the way. Protective equipment is used in order to limit risks and exposures to injuries or even cut down on major injuries and fatalities. Employees are automatically at risk of burning themselves or being cut or maimed due to different instruments in the kitchen. This is why it is important that employers provide the right equipment to minimize these possibilities.
While not every injury can be prevented, utilizing PPE can help boost safety. It can also help increase safety among customers who enter a restaurant. To stay away from pricey lawsuits related to food contamination claims, a combination of PPE and restaurant insurance can keep a restaurant running without interruption.
Restaurant insurance is just as important to keeping business going and upholding a reputation as a responsible establishment. This kind of coverage will provide the necessary financial support to take care of paying out claims or even just provide for court and representation costs.
What PPE Should Be Used?
There are many different options restaurants have when finding the right PPE. Below are some main pieces of PPE that can help limit risks and boost safety:
- Apron: Hot liquids and spills can be kept at bay while using an apron
- Oven Gloves: These protect the hands of the employees who need to move hot plates and pots and pans around the kitchen
- Footwear: Non-slip shoes should be worn at all times, no matter the environment, to prevent slips and falls
- Disposable Vinyl Gloves: These protect hands from hot foods, such as chilies and peppers during preparation that can irritate the skin and eyes
It’s important that employers provide sufficient protective equipment pieces to all members on staff who are at risk of injury of any kind in the workplace. The equipment provided must be well-fitting, clean, and comfortable in order to be used effectively and without discomfort.
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