Preventing Restaurant Hazards
Since June is National Safety Month, we thought there was no better time than now to examine common restaurant hazards and how to prevent them. If you work in the restaurant industry, then you may be aware of the potential safety hazards that lurk around each corner. Since kitchen areas can be hectic, hot and filled with employees, this area of any restaurant poses many different safety risks. Due to these reasons and many more, it’s important to have preventative measures in place to help decrease potential problems. Implementing a commercial mat rental program into your restaurant can help prevent common restaurant hazards while even benefiting your employee’s health.
Since a workplace hazard can be anything on the job that makes you hurt or sick, many may not think of ergonomic effects as something the restaurant industry deals with. Ergonomic hazards can come from lifting heavy objects, working in unnatural or unusual positions or needing to stand for long periods of time. Being on your feet is just part of the territory when it comes to working in a restaurant. Whether you’re a server, host or hostess, cook, or dishwasher, most of your job duties require being on your feet. An anti-fatigue mat can help elevate the pain your muscles feel after a long shift. Anti-fatigue mats work to encourage subtle movements of leg and calf muscles. This then promotes easier blood flow to the heart and less strain on your legs. This could mean a more comfortable work environment for employees and an easy way to do it. Anti-fatigue mats can prevent dangerous hazards that are caused from tired arms and legs so your employees and restaurant are at less of a risk.
Slippery Floor Surfaces
Since people are always on the move in restaurants, spills are likely to occur. This is especially true back of the house areas where food is cooking and dishes are being washed. Any spills that go unnoticed can be a slip and fall accident waiting to happen. Not only can this financially damage your business, it can also hurt your employees. Commercial mats are your answer to reducing slip and fall accidents caused by slippery floor surfaces. Mats work to scrape away the dirt, moisture and debris found on the bottom of shoes. They provide your employees and customers a safe walkway to stand on when the floor may be wet or slippery. If they were to step in moisture, they can instantly dry the bottom of shoes so slipping is less likely to occur. Mats can be placed in all areas of a restaurant where slipping is a potential hazard. This includes front entrances of your restaurant, restrooms, kitchens, host or hostess stands and more.
A busy night at a restaurant can sometimes mean that some services fall to the wayside. When there is a constant flow of people walking in and out, it may be hard to keep up with the maintenance demands. Keeping a clean restaurant is an important factor when it comes to customer satisfaction. Commercial mats can reduce the amount of maintenance necessary throughout a normal shift. Mats act as silent facility managers to capture the dirt, dust and debris that are being passed around your restaurant. Unkempt floors can cause many different hazards that put customers and employees in danger. Commercial mats can take care of this problem for you by providing a safe walkway that eliminates the amount of dirt being transferred onto your floors. A mat service will ensure your floors are protected, your employees and customers are safe, your facility is clean and common restaurant hazards are reduced.
Interested in a commercial mat rental program for your restaurant or facility?