Health Hub: Food Service Hazards

Photo of person chopping vegetables

In any kitchen there are hazards that can cause injuries and illnesses to the people who work there. Some hazards are easily visible. Kitchen workers can see that the hot stove that can potentially burn their hand or that the meat slicer can potentially cut their fingers. Some hazards are less visible. These are things that can cause workers to be injured or become ill that we do not think of as job hazards. We do not usually think that working too quickly may cause an injury, that chopping vegetables all day or lifting heavy objects may hurt your wrists and backs over time, or that using strong cleaning products every day may damage your lungs. Here is some more information about the hazards in the food service sector.