Illness and Injury Reporting of Kitchen Staff
- It is a condition of body being unhealthy.
Symptoms When Should You Tell Your Supervisor You’re Sick?
1. Abdominal Pain
6. Running Nose
Gastrointestinal Illness (G.I.)
- It is an infection that affects gastrointestinal system of the body. The G.I. Tract includes mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine. The illness may be transferred through direct contact with an ill person or through contaminated food, water, ice or other objects handled by an ill person.
What are the Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Illness?
What to Do When Having Gastrointestinal Symptoms?
1. Notify supervisor immediately.
2. Immediately stop working.
3. Leave the food area.
4. Discard food handled by the ill person.
5. Call or report to the doctor.
6. Wait for doctor’s advice before returning to work.
What are the Best Way to Prevent a Gastrointestinal Illness?
1. Hands should be washed regularly.
2. Proper handling and storage of food items.
3. Regular cleaning working environment.
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- It is the damage or harm suffered by a person from doing something.
How to Prevent Cuts?
1. Avoid putting knives in a sink or underwater.
2. Carry knives properly.
3. Cut items away from you.
4. Discard damaged kitchen gadgets, tools or wares.
5. Do not catch falling knife.
6. Focus on the task when working.
7. Make all knives sharp all the time. It will less likely to slip.
8. Never use knives as can openers.
9. Put breakable items in a secure place.
10. Remove nails and staples when disposing cartons and crates.
11. Secure chopping board with a damp cloth under it to prevent it from slipping.
12. Store knives in a rack.
13. Sweep broken glasses immediately.
14. Use chopping board when working with a food item.
How to Handle Minor Wounds When Handling Food?
1. Use bright colored and waterproof bandage.
2. Use gloves when preparing foods.
How to Prevent Burns?
1. Alert servers if the plates are hot.
2. Ask help when moving heavy hot containers.
3. Assume that a pot handle is always hot.
4. Dry food items before frying it to avoid fat splashes.
5. Fill pans with just enough hot food.
6. Let the steam out by opening the lids away from you.
7. Roll down chef’s coat sleeves when cooking.
8. Secure gas connection first before igniting the stove.
9. Turn pot handles away from the aisle so nobody bumps it.
10. Use pads or towels to handle hot pans.
11. Warn people around when holding hot pans.
How to Handle Minor Burns?
1. Rinse the burn area with cool water for about 15 to 30 minutes.
2. Wash hands before cleaning the burned area.
3. Clean burn area with mild soap and water.
4. Apply an ointment.
5. Bandage the burned area if it’s open.
6. Treat the burned skin regularly.
How to Prevent Fires?
1. Clean stoves and hoods regularly to remove accumulated greases.
2. Educate yourself about the right kind of extinguisher used on a particular class of fire.
3. Have an emergency evacuation plan which must be clear to all employees.
4. Know the location of fire extinguisher.
5. Let fire exits free from obstacles.
6. Never leave deep fryer when cooking a food item.
7. Smoke in designated area or room only.
8. Turn off electric appliances and gas ranges before leaving the premises in case a sudden fire occur.
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How to Prevent Sudden Falls?
1. Carry objects without blocking your vision.
2. Clean spills immediately.
3. Keep all aisles away from any obstruction.
4. Never run in a kitchen area.
5. Use ladder when reaching items from a high shelves.
How to Handle Minor Falls?
1. Apply cold compress on any bumps or bruises.
2. Give a pain reliever to the injured person.
3. Let the injured person rest.
4. Monitor the injured person for the next 24 hours.
5. Report to the doctor immediately if there’s any unusual symptoms.
How to Prevent Injuries While Working with Machines and Equipment?
1. Assemble part of machines or equipment properly.
2. Attach all machine or equipment guard while performing task.
3. Never touch food items inside the equipment while still running.
4. Read instructions first before using the equipment.
5. Touch switch using dry hands.
6. Turn off the machine or equipment before unplugging it.
7. Unplug machines or equipment before disassembling or cleaning it.
8. Use machines or equipment based on its purpose.
9. Wear appropriate clothing when using machines or equipment.
How to Lift Items Properly?
1. Make use of your legs when lifting an item. Do not bend over with your back, better squat with one knee.
2. Never twist your back while lifting an item.
3. Use cart when moving heavy objects.
Other Intersting Topics About Food Safety
- Receiving Food Procedures
Important Guidelines When Receiving Goods 1. Staff must be trained on how to accept and reject goods delivered. 2. Logs must be maintained whenever goods were accepted or rejected.
- Introduction of the Flow of Food
Flow of Food - It refers to the movement of food items from the beginning upon receiving to the ending when reheating.
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