Food Truck Safety

Photo courtesy of L&I and Akashic Food Trailer, Olympia, Wash. Photo is of a hand hooking a hose to a white propane tank

Make sure fuel lines are in good condition (no splits, puntures, tears or worn out spots) and are properly connected with the correct brass fitting, threaded tight, but not too tight or loose. This can help to avoid any potential leaks or ruptures that can lead to an explosion.

Photo courtesy of L&I and Akashic Food Trailer, Olympia, Wash.

In the mobile food truck industry, workers who operate, cook, and serve meals from a mobile truck can be exposed to hazards such as the following:

  • Accidents (vehicle, pedestrian(s)).
  • Prolonged standing, awkward postures, and lifting.
  • Chemicals.
  • Explosions (propane tank).
  • Falls (ladders).
  • Fires.
  • Sharp objects (knives, other cutting utinziles).
  • Slips and trips.
  • Sprains and strains (repetitive motion).
  • Violence in the workplace (angry customers, assaults, robberies).
  • Weather.

These hazards can result in serious injuries or even death.

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing and foreseeable safety and health hazards. It also provides resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written accident prevention program (APP).

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