Top causes of injury
in hospitality and food service:

  1. Slips, trips, and falls
  2. Struck by object
  3. Overexertion/bodily reaction
  4. Exposure to harmful substances or environments
  5. Struck against object

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), workers in the hospitality and food service industry experienced over 75,000 nonfatal injuries requiring days away from work in 2016. Common hazards include overexertion from lifting; sharp knives in kitchens; exposure to cleaning and laundry chemicals; burns from stoves, ovens, and fryers; workplace violence; and slips, trips, and falls.

The most common OSHA violations in food service establishments include hazard communication, personal protective equipment (PPE), electrical safety, portable fire extinguishers, injury and illness recordkeeping, medical services and first aid, bloodborne pathogens, and exit routes.

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Electrical Safety Electrical Safety - Unqualified Person (PPT)  National
Electrical Safety Electrical Safety Plan  National
Electrical Safety Electrical Safety--General (PDF)  National
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Exit Routes Emergency Evacuation Plan  National
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Exit Routes Exit Routes (Word)  National
Exit Routes Exit Routes - Supervisors (PPT)  National
Fire Extinguishers Fire Extinguishers (PPT)  National
Fire Extinguishers Fire Extinguishers (Word)  National
Fire Extinguishers Fire Extinguishers: Types and Uses (Outline)  National
Fire Prevention Fire Prevention  National
Fire Prevention Fire Prevention Plan  National
Fire Prevention Fire Protection (Word)  National
First Aid First Aid (PDF)  National
First Aid First Aid and Medical Services (Word)  National
First Aid First Aid: Illness (Word)  National
First Aid First Aid: Injury (Word)  National
Ergonomics First Report of Musculoskeletal Disorder Symptoms  National
First Aid First-Aid Incident Report  National
First Aid First-Aid Log  National
First Aid First-Aid Plan for General Industry  National
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