As a restaurant worker, there are an immeasurable amount of ways you can injure yourself on the job. You are constantly on your feet, in and out of the kitchen, and have to deal with harmful substances and slippery floors.
With so many things that can hurt you at your job, it is important to be prepared for anything that can come your way, whether you expect it or not.
Do not carry so much at once
When you carry out trays and present customers their food, you might be tempted to stack multiple plates on the tray either to show off your strength and presentation skills or to avoid a second trip to the kitchen.
As impressive as it may look, it will likely do more harm than good. You risk spilling the contents of the plate on the floor and forcing the chefs to redo the dishes. You also have more potential broken plate and glass hazards to deal with.
More importantly, repeatedly carrying too much in the long run can result in different strains in your body due to placing too much weight in certain areas and bending your parts in uncomfortable angles. Since you are doing the same work repeatedly, the strain will only get worse as you put more pressure on it. Strains are one of the most common types of injuries to receive on the job and it can be especially painful for a position that requires a lot of walking and standing.
Know the chemicals you are working with
When you think of burning yourself at a restaurant, your first thoughts are likely directed towards the ovens, fryers, and other equipment that can easily burn you while preparing food for your guests.
However, even more dangerous burns can happen when you are not cooking. Cleaning equipment used to scrub down the ovens and pans you work with contain hazardous chemicals that can result in allergic reactions, irritations and burns if used incorrectly.
Proper training is essential to ensure maximum safety. Before any cleaning tasks, you should obtain the necessary protective gear before you start the job and carefully read the labels of all of the cleaning chemicals to confirm that you are not mixing two potentially dangerous materials.
As you have a job that has an abundance of safety hazards, you should ask your manager or any other experienced workers in your field for advice on preparing for future obstacles to make your career easier as you proceed forward.