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Resources for Young Workers by Industry - Restaurant & Hospitality

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General | Cuts & Burns | Falls | Heat Stress/Hypothermia | Sprains & Strains | Other
The following links list tools, publications, and other resources to help prevent young worker injuries and illnesses in restaurants and hospitality. These resources may not meet all the requirements for health and safety in British Columbia. Please check the Workers Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, and related materials for specific WorkSafeBC requirements.

If you have any questions please E-mail us at or phone 604-276-3100 in the Lower Mainland, or toll-free in British Columbia at 1-888-621-7233 (621-SAFE).


Health and Safety for Hospitality Small Business (PDF 3 MB)
This guide is designed for small businesses in the hospitality industry including hotels, motels, restaurants, and other food service establishments. It can be used by owners, employers, managers, supervisors, and workers to help prevent workplace accidents and injuries.

Young Worker Safety Can't Wait - Safety Kit for the Tourism and Hospitality Industry (PDF 2 MB)
This safety package addresses five key hazards faced by workers in tourism and hospitality. Information includes an overview for managers/owners, safety crew talk guides for supervisors, and handouts for workers.

Take Care: How to develop and implement a workplace violence prevention program (PDF 580 KB) Updated: April 2012
This guide enables employers and workers to implement a program to prevent violence in the workplace. It summarizes the relevant sections of the Regulation that deal with violence in the workplace, explains how to conduct a risk assessment, identifies the basic elements of a violence prevention program, and provides safe travel tips and sample documents.

Industrial Kitchen Posters
A series of 6 posters for Industrial Kitchens.

StartSafe Safety Tip Posters
A series of 5 posters for the restaurant and catering industries.

Washing Hands Saves Lives (slide show)
Corrina Hellens, Occupational Health Nurse, demonstrates how to wash your hands properly to prevent the spread of infection.

Controlling Exposure: Protecting workers from infectious disease (PDF 1.9 MB)
This book describes common infectious diseases and how they are spread, and explains how to protect workers from exposure to infectious diseases. This book replaces the older publication HIV/AIDS, and Hepatitis B and C: Preventing exposure at work (BK38).

Dealing with "Latex Allergies" at Work (PDF 550 KB)
Describes what latex allergy is, who is at risk, and how you can protect yourself from latex allergy.

Guidelines for Latex Glove Usersspace
This document provides a description of the various types of reactions to latex, guidelines on the selection of gloves, and advice on the assessment and accommodation of the affected worker.
Source: CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)

Food Service Workers Safety Guidespace
"Designed for staff in restaurants, catering establishments, hotels and fast food chains, this handy pocket guide outlines key hazards and safe working procedures to help reduce injuries."
Source: CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)

Interactive Cafespace
"An interactive website that looks at the hazards of working in a café, restaurant, or fast food outlet."
Source: Queensland Government, Dept. of Industrial Relations

Dare to Care Safety Checkspace
"Safe work practices fact sheets for a variety of jobs in the tourism and hospitality sector."
Source: OSSA (Ontario Service Safety Alliance)

Catering Information Sheetsspace
"Information sheets are available on a variety of health and safety issues in catering."
Source: Health and Safety Executive (UK)

Profiles in Safety and Health: Eating and drinking places (PDF 280 KB)space
Eating and drinking places reported large numbers of workplace injuries and illnesses, primarily to teenagers and women who comprise most of the industry's work force. Sprains, cuts, and burns were leading work disabilities. This article examines characteristics of the eating and drinking places industry and analyzes its injury and illness record in detail.
Source: U.S. Department of Labour

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