The dangers of food prepping are both numerous and varied. There is both the threat of accidents at work and causing illnesses like food poisoning to customers.
Food prep chefs are skilled professionals who do an extremely important job. Ensuring all the food is ready to go improves the efficiency of cooking and the quality of the food. It takes significant training to become a food prepping expert.
What are the main dangers of food prepping?
Kitchens have a considerably greater number of potential hazards to health than most other working environments. The main causes of kitchen accidents at work are:
- Knives – Chef-quality knives tend to be an awful lot sharper than the ones most of us have at home. This means they chop faster and better, but also cut deeper and further in an accident. Anyone who has seen a professional chef slicing and dicing vegetables will marvel at the speed at which they do it. Misjudging by the tiniest fraction can cause a nasty work injury.
- Boiling water – Frequently used in food prep, boiling water is a serious threat to health and safety. Burn injuries at work can take a long time to recover from.
- Grills and stoves – Busy kitchens are home to numerous extremely hot surfaces. A momentary lapse in concentration can easily lead to painful burn injuries. Catching your hand or another body part on a hot surface hurts, a lot.
- Slips, trips and falls – Keeping a kitchen tidy and clear of clutter is essential to avoid accidents at work. Spills should be cleared up as soon as possible and floors kept clear of trip hazards.
Cross contamination during food prep can leave a restaurant with seriously ill and extremely unhappy customers. Raw meat such as chicken are a particularly serious risk. This is exactly why kitchens have colour coded chopping boards. Chefs also use other equipment such as thermometers to ensure the food they send out is safe as well as delicious.
If you work in a kitchen and are injured in an accident at work, you may be due work injury compensation. Similarly, if you suffer food poisoning after eating in a restaurant, you may also be able to claim.
A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can get the ball rolling. Our expert advisors can be reached on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 5, 2017
Author: Accident Advice