The very nature of the chef’s role involves an element of preparing produce to be used during service. Typically, this task involves the use of knives, day in, day out, and so a knowledge of knife safety is imperative to minimise the risk of accidents at work.
While knife safety may seem nothing more than applying common sense, when working long, stressful hours, it is essential that the fundamentals of knife safety are engrained into the chef’s working practice, so that it becomes second nature.
Knife safety in the kitchen
As any chef will tell you, their knives are their treasured possessions. They are nothing short of integral to both their role and their performance in it. Good knife safety when handling these tools helps to prevent work-related injuries.
- Always keep knives sharp, enabling them to glide when cutting, rather than producing unpredictable cuts
- Store knives in a knife box or a knife roll when not in use
- Always slice away from the body, not inwards, in repeated motions
- Keep the tip of your knife on the board when dicing
- Never cut on or into your hand when holding produce, cut on an appropriate chopping board
When knife safety goes wrong
If you do cut yourself in the kitchen, ensure that you immediately run the cut under cold water to clean the area. You should then apply some pressure to the area. A bandage, or blue plaster, should always be applied to open wounds when working in a professional kitchen.
Claiming compensation for injuries in the kitchen
When you suffer an accident at work and your employer or colleague is liable for the harm you have endured, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm you have experienced.
During your employment, your employer has a legal obligation to ensure your health and safety while at work. This means that if you suffer and injury or illness due to their negligence, they can be held liable for your work-related ailment.
Accident Advice Helpline
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No matter the nature of your accident at work, we will ensure that the solicitor most suited to your individual incident manages your case.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice