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Young Worker Safety in Restaurants
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Drive-thru

The Drive-thru area of a restaurant offers young workers an opportunity for direct interaction with the customer, while learning food service and money handling skills. Young workers in this area may also be exposed to the following hazards:

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Car Exhaust
Potential Hazard

Employee exposure to automobile exhaust. Automobile exhaust contains harmful pollutants, primarily carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide inhibits the ability of the blood to adsorb oxygen in the lungs. Inhaling high levels and concentrations can lead to poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result in headache, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, and potential heart problems, including chest pain, irregular heart beat, and cardiac arrest. Exposure to Car Exhaust

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.
  • Keep the drive-thru window closed as much as possible to limit exposure to automobile exhaust.

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.

Consider implementing recommended safe work practices, including:  
  • Provide adequate space and ventilation for both exterior and interior drive-thru areas.

  • Use a reverse-flow fan system to prevent exhaust from entering the interior drive-thru window area.

  • Rotate workers to minimize time spent stationed in the drive-thru area.



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