Cintas Corp. has released a list of the top four restaurant injuries. One in 20 on-the-job injuries and illnesses all over the world occur at eating and drinking establishments, seemingly due in part to an inexperienced workforce operating in an environment where cuts, burns, slips and falls are a common occurrence. According to studies from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), for every dollar spent in safety programs, businesses can save between four and six dollars from costs associated with injuries and fatalities, which seems like a small price to pay to ensure the safety of your staff and customers.

According to the Cintas Report, the top four restaurant related injuries that occur are:

1. Lacerations and punctures.
2. Burns. As many as one-third of occupational burns occur in restaurants, totaling about 12,000 reported cases per year. However, the actual number is projected to be much higher.
3. Sprains and strains. Misplaced or hard-to-reach items can lead to worker injury due to overreaching or tripping. Restaurant workers can also suffer from strains due to improperly lifting items.
4. Eye injury. Workers operating around grease or sanitizing chemicals often experience splashing in their environment, resulting in an injury to the eye.

Developing and implementing a first-aid program at your establishment created with these common challenges and injuries found in foodservice operations can ultimately protect workers. The following steps can be followed in order to help operators prepare for common injuries:

1. Put in an onsite first-aid cabinet. Place the cabinet in an area that is easy to locate so that all employees can quickly and effortlessly access it if an accident happens to occur.
2. Be sure to stock the cabinet with a variety of supplies to treat common foodservice injuries.
3. Regularly check the cabinet and restock as needed.
4. Train your employees on the proper use of the items in the first-aid cabinet and procedures on how to handle emergency situations.
5. Combine first aid initiatives with other safety programs, such as AEDs and fire programs.

By making yourself aware of these possible hazards and preparing yourself as well as your employees for potentially dangerous situations, you will be able to provide better protection against accidents. Source1 Purchasing is here to help you improve your establishment, ensuring that operations are running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Visit our website at to learn more about the benefits of the Source1 Program.

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