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Burn Prevention for Kitchen Workers

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Deep fryers, stoves, microwaves, hot water the hospitality industry is a magnet for potential burn injuries. However they can be prevented. This document explains some helpful hints and tips on ways to prevent and manage burns to kitchen workers. By following these tips the risk of getting burnt will be decreased.

 

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Preventing Burns, Cuts, and More

Preventing Burns, Cuts, and More | Quest 2 and 3 | Scoop.it
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Working in the hospitality industry its almost a given that at some point in time you will suffer from a sharps industry. However we can try and prevent and manage the situation from occurring to the best of our ability. To help with the prevention and management of sharps injuries from knives and other sharp objects workers should make sure that they are using the equipment properly for example when cutting with knives make sure you are using an appropriate knife for the product that you are cutting. Keep your eyes on what you are cutting at all times. To help prevent an injury from occurring watch where you leave a knife when finished with it or in between cutting also make sure the knives are stored correctly when they are finished with. Also make sure that you know how to correctly operate the equipment such as slicers that you are using. By doing these simple things it will help to manage and prevent injuries occurring in the hospitality work place as workers should be aware of the potential hazards from sharps and be doing preventative steps to help manage and stop them from occurring.

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Risk management: Step 1: Identify the hazards

Risk management: Step 1: Identify the hazards | Quest 2 and 3 | Scoop.it
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When managing and preventing risks in the workplace the first step that needs to take place is to first identify the possible hazards. if you are unable to identify and be aware of the possible hazards then it is impossible to try and manage and prevent them. To identify hazards walk around your workplace and find the things that could potentially cause harm on your self or others around you. Read the manufacturers instructions before operating the equipment in the workplace. Ask others around you to also look for any potential hazards that you could have missed

 

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Paramedic Uni Student

Paramedic Uni Student | Quest 2 and 3 | Scoop.it

Meet Phyliss. Phyliss is currently study at university to become a Paramedic

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Paramedics have many OHS issues even though Phyliss is still at uni she is faced with these issues while doing training at uni and attending clinical placements with the ambulance service. 

Some of the OHS issues include

Heavy lifting of equipment.

Many people do not realise the weight of the bags and equipment that paramedics carry around with them on every job. With the constant carrying of these items it can cause shoulder and back injuries for our paramedics.

limited space in the ambulance. This is a OHS issue as there is very little room in the back of an ambulance to efficiently move around, meaning that paramedics tend to hit their heads a lot on the cupboards above them.

other issues that paramedics have to deal with are those of their patients not every patient that paramedics attend to want them there or are as appreciative as others therefore paramedics have to be on constant watch of their patient to make sure that they are not going to attempt to cause harm.

environment issues

not every place paramedics attend are safe and secure many environments that they attend have traffic and bystanders as well as others factors such as messy houses or animals that they have to watch out for.

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Restoring and painting cars

Restoring and painting cars | Quest 2 and 3 | Scoop.it

Meet my dad Graham. He Spends his time fixing and restoring cars for customers.

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There are many OHS issues that can occur when working on cars as you never no what might happen next with the weight of them. Some of the major issues working in this environment is not only the heavy parts but the chemical and dust residue associated with working on them from sanding the old paint off to spraying new paint on with out the correct safety equipment these chemicals can have a harsh affect on anybody when there inhaled or even soaked in from your skin. Also there is the risk of injuring your self with the mechanical equipment if its not used correctly or an accident involving one of them occurs.

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Hospitality Industry

Hospitality Industry | Quest 2 and 3 | Scoop.it

This is my mum Verlene she works in the hospitality industry working in the kitchen and customer service area.

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Working in the hospitality industry has many possible ohs issues being surrounded by many potentially dangerous utensils and machines as well as the customers them selves. Some of the ohs issues associated with the hospitality industry include;

Sharps

In every kitchen there are  plenty on dangerous sharps such as knives blenders and slicers. A sharps industry is very common in this area of work. Verlene says that she suffers from cuts on a regular basis with them being busy and trying to get everything done in time sometimes with rushing they just arent as careful as they should be luckily enough they haven't been to serious.

Slips trips

After working a busy shift the floors can become covered in oil from deepfryers and stove tops and water from washing up ends up on te ground from rushing around if not careful around these area or if the water is not immediately mopped up a potential incident could occur when someone slips of falls and injures them selves. Verlene says the state that the floors can get on a busy Friday or Saturday night can get quite dangerous if there not regularly swept and wiped during the night.

Burns

verlene says that there are many things in the area that can cause burns from the deep fryers to getting something hot from out of the microwave if your not careful you can potentially burn your self which can lead to a serious injury.

Heavy Lifting

Many food products come in bulk box lots and lifting of these heavy objects is not good for your back. Over time the reoccurring lifting can do serious damage to the shoulders and back of a person. Verlene says throughout the day she lifts many heavy items from the ground or high shelves which causes her arms to hurt throughout the day.

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Prevent slips and falls

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Slips and fall occur regularly in the hospitality workplace. This document explains the consequences from this injury occurring and explains how they can be prevented and managed so that they reduce the likely hood of occurring again. With these preventative actions in place the number of trips and fall that should occur in this industry that Verlene works in should be dramatically reduced. Simple ways to prevent slips and falls are things such as wipe up and spills immediately, keep area which are likely to get wet dry, make sure objects are but away in appropriate places where they wont be i any ones way. 

 

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Back Safety - How To Prevent Injuries

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Injuries that occur from heavy lifting are easily managed and prevented by some very easy steps. To prevent injuries when lifting and carrying items whether they are heavy or not they should be picked up and carried correctly. The worker should make sure that they bend at the knees when lifting up items from off lower shelves and  that they carry it at the right height in front of them try not to carry it to high or to low. To further manage and prevent heavy lifting injuries from occurring in the hospitality industry when placing objects make sure they are no straight on the ground have them elevated off the ground so as much effect and strain on the back is not needed to bend down and pick the item up. Make sure that shelving is at the correct height, having the shelves to high or to low is a hazard waiting to happen. If the product id to heavy have another worker help you lift and carry the item to take some of the weight off of your back and shoulders.  

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My damsel in distress: my mum who works in the Hospitality Industry

My damsel in distress: my mum who works in the Hospitality Industry | Quest 2 and 3 | Scoop.it

This is my mum Verlene she works in the hospitality industry working in the kitchen and customer service area.

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Shannen Robinson's curator insight, April 10, 2014 8:41 PM

Working in the hospitality industry has many possible ohs issues being surrounded by many potentially dangerous utensils and machines as well as the customers them selves. Some of the ohs issues associated with the hospitality industry include;

Sharps

In every kitchen there are  plenty on dangerous sharps such as knives blenders and slicers. A sharps industry is very common in this area of work. Verlene says that she suffers from cuts on a regular basis with them being busy and trying to get everything done in time sometimes with rushing they just arent as careful as they should be luckily enough they haven't been to serious.

Slips trips

After working a busy shift the floors can become covered in oil from deepfryers and stove tops and water from washing up ends up on te ground from rushing around if not careful around these area or if the water is not immediately mopped up a potential incident could occur when someone slips of falls and injures them selves. Verlene says the state that the floors can get on a busy Friday or Saturday night can get quite dangerous if there not regularly swept and wiped during the night.

Burns

verlene says that there are many things in the area that can cause burns from the deep fryers to getting something hot from out of the microwave if your not careful you can potentially burn your self which can lead to a serious injury.

Heavy Lifting

Many food products come in bulk box lots and lifting of these heavy objects is not good for your back. Over time the reoccurring lifting can do serious damage to the shoulders and back of a person. Verlene says throughout the day she lifts many heavy items from the ground or high shelves which causes her arms to hurt throughout the day.

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Meat works- Hygiene

Meat works- Hygiene | Quest 2 and 3 | Scoop.it

Meet my partner Luke. He works in the hygiene department of the local meat works

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There are many OHS issues involved when working in and cleaning a meat works. some of these include

Chemicals

Many chemicals are used to clean the area up to a hygienic standard however some of these chemical have an effect on the person using them such as chemical burn if they get the chemical on them.

sharps

sharps injuries can occur when cleaning out machinery such as the mincer and dicer as they have sharp blades and parts associated within them. 

heavy lifting

Injuries can occur from heavy lifting as the machinery and benches have to be moved around to be cleaned appropriately. 

others injuries occur from things such as running into benches and other equipment.

Slips and falls

As associated with all cleaning the area can get very wet and therefore becomes a potential hazard for the worker to fall over and injure them selves. Within the particular area that luke works it is guaranteed for the floors to get wet as they are hosed down with soapy water. 

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Childcare Industry

Childcare Industry | Quest 2 and 3 | Scoop.it

Meet Renae she is an early childhood teacher who works in a daycare center.

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Even though is may not seem it there are plenty of OHS issues that arise in a day care center. Some of  these include;

Trips/falls

With the big number of children that attend daycare each day there are plenty of things to potentially trip or fall on such as toys, furniture and the children them selves with them being so small and full energy you dont no when there might be one standing or sitting behind you.

Lifting

Everyone knows that children love to be picked up and as they get older they get heavier cause strain on the back and arms especially when your lifting them all day. moving furniture and some toys also can cause injury if not done correctly or is to heavy for you.

safe environment

When it comes to children the environment that they are in plays a huge role in their safety. potential OHS issues in the day care environment include, object that are able to be climbed on, heavy items that could fall or injure a child, illness spreading amongst children and many many more possible issues

 

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