First Aid in Your Bar or Restaurant
First aid supplies and knowledge of first aid techniques are necessities in any bar or restaurant. With sharp knives, hot stoves and other unpredictably dangerous tools, kitchens can be very hazardous places.
To help make your restaurant as safe as possible, you will need to institute various safety measures, ranging from requiring employees to wear appropriate footwear to properly training your employees to avoid dangerous practices.
While preventative techniques are essential for improving safety in your restaurant, accidents will happen in even the safest of kitchens. That is why it is extremely important for your bar or restaurant to maintain a fully stocked first aid kit, and for your employees to understand basic first aid techniques. Below are some tips for stocking your restaurant’s first aid kit.
1. Follow OSHA guidelines. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates that every restaurant stock its first aid kit with certain first aid items. You can learn more about OSHA’s requirements by clicking here.
2. Be sure to replenish your first aid kit regularly. Some items are used more frequently to treat the most common kitchen injuries, including burns, cuts and abrasions. Keep an inventory of items in your first aid kit, and immediately replace items that are used.
3. Train all employees. Your first aid kit will do little good if your employees don’t know basic first aid. You should train all employees in first aid practices. Often, it is best to bring in a licensed training company to provide this service. You should also make sure employees are trained in safe kitchen procedures.
If you have any questions regarding restaurant first aid, please contact your broker at Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers at (310) 828-9662.