Knives are necessary tools in many workplaces especially in the food and beverage industry. It is essential that your staff know to follow the safety rules on how to handle them correctly. One wrong move could turn disastrous in an instant. The Washington State Dept. of Labor and Industries recommends some tips to keep your staff safe in your workplace in using knife.
Never touch knife blades.
Keep knives well-maintained and sharpened, and let other staff know when knives are newly sharpened.
Cut in the direction away from your body.
Required you staff to wear protected equipment like Kevlar glove.
Stay focused when interrupted, stop cutting and place knife down on a flat and secured surface.
Only use knives for their intended purpose.
Do not leave a knife soaking in a sink of water.
Never leave knives near the edge of a countertop.
Let a falling knife fall. Step back, warn others. Do not try to catch the knife.
To hand a knife to someone else, place it down on a clean surface and let the other person pick it up.
Properly stored the knives in racks or knife sheaths and other sharp utensils.
Keep your fingers and thumbs out of the way of the cutting line.
Implementing a comprehensive knife safety training is important in making sure that your employees follow all the proper safety procedures.