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Young Worker Safety in Restaurants
Strains and Sprains
Automatic Dishwasher - Burns and Scalds
Unwashed Sharps - Cuts Strains and Sprains
Automatic Dishwasher - Electrical Hazards
Automatic Dishwasher - Hazardous Chemicals
Wet Floors - Slips/Trips/Falls
Clean-up

The Clean-up area of a restaurant offers young workers an opportunity to learn clean-up duties while handling various equipment and products. Young workers in this area may also be exposed to the following hazards:
 
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Burns and Scalds
Potential Hazard

Sink
Exposure of young restaurant workers to burns and scalds while performing clean-up tasks such as loading or unloading automatic dishwashers, continuous-feed dishwashers, and glass washers or while washing dishes and pots.

Possible Solutions

Young Worker Solutions

Employers have the primary responsibility for protecting the safety and health of their workers. Employees are responsible for following the safe work practices of their employers.
  • Do not try to unload dishes or glasses until they are cooled.

  • Avoid steam; it can burn.

  • Open hot water faucets slowly to avoid splashes.

  • Test water temperatures in sinks before sticking your hands into them.

Employer Solutions

Employers have the primary responsibility for protecting the safety and health of their workers. Employees are responsible for following the safe work practices of their employers.


Continuous feed dishwasher
Continuous-feed dishwasher
Follow OSHA Standards including:
  • Provide machine guards to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards. Machine Guarding Standard [1910.212(a)(1)].
    • Continuous-feed dishwashers and glass washers should be properly guarded to prevent accidental scalding of workers by steam and hot water and possible injuries from rollers and conveyors.



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