A food preparation worker is responsible for a lot more than making sure something is delicious. Handling food products all day that are meant for others to consume means that they are susceptible to many potential illnesses, and have to stay healthy themselves to protect others. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Food Preparation Workers.
OSHA Required Training
When OSHA Requires Emergency Evacuation Training:
If fire extinguishers are provided in your workplace and/or anyone will be evacuating during a fire or other emergency. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
When there is a change.
Downloadable Emergency Evacuation Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires First Aid Training:
In the absence of a nearby hospital or clinic (more than 4 minutes away), a designated employee should be trained to render first aid. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Retraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.
Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:
When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Retraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.
Downloadable Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Resources (free):
Industry Best-Practice Training
(Not required by OSHA)
Downloadable Hand Hygiene Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Hand Safety Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):
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Food Preparation Worker Safety Tips
Peanut allergies can be some of the most severe allergies it can cause seizure, respiratory problems, and even death. If you have a peanut allergy avoid working with them in the kitchen. As a food prep worker it’s also good to make sure your place of employment has the proper equipment to deal with such an emergency if someone mistakenly eats a peanut in the food you have prepared.
A food preparation worker is responsible for a lot more than making sure something is delicious. Handling food products all day that are meant for others to consume means that they are susceptible to many potential illnesses, and have to stay healthy themselves to protect others. In addition, kitchens can be incredibly dangerous places. Knives, hot fires, and people rushing to get everything done all collide in a small space. It’s the perfect recipe for accidents that can range from minor to incredibly serious. As a food preparation worker there are some basic rules to safety that you should keep in mind at all times to make sure that you, the people you are serving, and your fellow kitchen staff are safe and protected from possible dangers.
Know what to do in an emergency
- Know the emergency procedures of your company. Make sure you are aware of emergency exits, and evacuation procedures in the event of a fire, gas leak, or serious injury.
- Know the location of the first aid kit and how to use its contents. With so many people working with knives, mixers, and other potentially dangerous utensils, keep bandages on hand.
- Know the appropriate numbers of emergency services, such as the fire department or poison control.
Wear the proper gear
- Always use proper gloves. When handling foods, especially any raw meats or veggies.
- Always wear a hair net to keep your hair from falling into food.
- Wear appropriate clothing
- Always inspect the food that you are working with. Make sure anything with a date of expiration is still OK to serve. Properly label anything you yourself have cooked and stored away for later use, so it can be disposed of in a timely manner.
- Keep kitchen counters clean – Wipe down counters with disinfectants to help cut down on the spread of germs that cause serious problems like e-coli or salmonella.
- Always clean up after yourself if there is a spill, or mess. Don’t let any food products or liquids build up on the floor. This will help to avoid slips and falls.
- Keep your kitchens organized. Letting dirty dishes pile up, could lead to accidents if someone is in a hurry. Knives should be properly stored away where they are usually kept or out of the way when not in use—this will help to cut down on potential injury.
- Eat a balanced diet yourself and exercise while at home. This will help keep your immune system strong.
- Never come to work if you are sick, you risk contaminating the food and making your patrons sick as well.
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