Restaurant Industry Safety & Health - Back of the House

Information for:

  • Cooks/Chefs.
  • Food preparation workers.
  • Alley staff.
  • Pastry/dessert chefs, bakers.
  • Dishwashers.
  • Sanitation/cleaning staff.
  • Repair/maintenance staff.
  • Material handlers/supply stockers.
  • Supervisors/Managers.
Man in white apron reaches on a stove and grabs a large soup pot lid with a towel. Caption: Be careful of scading steam from boiling post of soup

Be careful of scalding steam from boiling pots of soup.

Photo courtesy of L&I.

Workers in the kitchen and food preparation areas must be aware of a wide variety of
physical and health hazards such as:

  • Sharp objects (knives, slicers)
  • Burns (scalding water, electrical)
  • Chemicals
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Sprains and strains
  • Repetitive motion
  • Awkward postures

Hazards like these can lead to serious injuries and even death.

If you also routinely or occasionally perform front-of-the-house tasks when cross-working
help is in need, make sure you view that section as well.

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More help from L&I

For general information, call 1-800-423-7233.

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