Restaurant Industry Safety & Health

Restaurant workers comprise one of the largest groups of workers injured in the U.S. each year.  They are exposed to many job-related hazards that may cause serious injuries and illnesses impacting their lives, income, and family members.  All restaurants, from full-service to limited-service restaurants, cafeterias, caterers, food service contractors, and drinking establishments, must follow Accident Prevention Program (APP) rules to address all potential workplace hazards.  The ultimate goal of your APP (or Safety Plan, or whatever term you use in your workplace) is to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses.  Prevention begins with identifying possible hazards and finding solutions that eliminate or control hazards.

Preventing workplace injuries and illnesses makes good business sense.  Costs associated with such injuries and illnesses can be devastating to workers and businesses.  With a strong APP in place, you can focus your efforts on making your business grow.

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  • Hosts/hostesses.
  • Servers (waiters, waitresses).
  • Bar tenders, sommeliers.
  • Runners and helpers.
  • Bussers.
  • Cashiers, counter service workers.
  • Drive-through attendants.
  • Dining Room Managers, First-line Managers/Supervisors.

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  • Cooks/Chefs.
  • Food preparation workers.
  • Pastry Chefs, Bakers.
  • Dishwashers.
  • Sanitation/cleaning staff.
  • Repair/maintenance staff.
  • Material movers/supply stockers.

Office and Administrative Support

  • Managers.
  • Administrative / Office support staff.
Closeup of hands plugging a power cable in. Caption: Do not put your fingers on the prongs of a plug. (Photo courtesy of OSHA)

Home & Outgoing Deliveries

  • Delivery drivers.
  • Packagers / baggers.
  • Mobile food service workers.
  • Caterers.

Young Worker Safety

  • Workers Under 20-25 Years Old.

More help from L&I

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

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