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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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Prolonged Standing
Potential Hazard

Employee exposure to prolonged standing while working the drive-thru window can cause stress and strain to workers' backs and legs.
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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.

Continually alter your position
Continually alter your position
To relieve stress and strain to workers' backs and legs:
  • Wear shoes with well-cushioned insteps and soles.

  • Avoid static postures by continually altering your position. Use a foot rest bar or a low stool to help alter your posture by raising one foot and then the other.
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.

Drive-thru with stool
Drive-thru with stool

  Anti-fatigue mat
Anti-fatigue mat
Consider implementing recommended safe work practices, including:

  • Provide stools or a foot rest bar at work stations. This provides employees an opportunity to shift weight from the feet while still maintaining reach and accessibility.

  • Provide anti-fatigue mats. Anti-fatigue mats help contract and expand muscles of the person standing on them increasing blood-flow and reducing fatigue.


 

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