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January 04, 2024 Safety News

Slicer Safety: A Cutting Edge Essential Guide

Slicers are indispensable tools in various industries, catering to the diverse needs of establishments such as restaurants, deli counters, and food processing units. From effortlessly crafting precision cuts of meat to slicing delicate vegetables, slicers play a pivotal role in enhancing efficiency and productivity. However, with their power comes the responsibility of ensuring safe usage. This blog post and downloadable slicer safety guide are tailored for all those who wield slicers in their daily tasks, providing essential tips and precautions to guarantee a safe and injury-free slicing experience.

5 Slicer Safety Tips:

Prioritizing safety when working with slicers is crucial for preventing accidents and ensuring a safe workplace. Remember, a safe workplace is a productive workplace! Follow these slicer safety tips from our team of safety professionals:

1. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

  • Always wear appropriate PPE, including protective mesh gloves and eye protection.
  • Ensure clothing is well-fitted to avoid entanglement with the slicer.

2. Equipment Inspection

  • Keep floors clean and dry. In addition to being a slip hazard, continually wet surfaces promote the growth of mold, fungi, and bacteria, which can cause infections.
  • Clean up spills immediately. This includes water, grease, food, and oil.
  • Provide warning signs on wet floors.
  • Wear proper footwear to include slip-resistant soles.
  • Use matting in wet areas to avoid slips and falls.
  • Ensure drainage is sufficient and working properly in wet areas.

3. Proper Training

  • Provide thorough training to all employees on slicer operation and safety protocols.
  • Encourage ongoing education to stay updated on best practices.

4. Safe Work Environment

  • Maintain a clean and dry work area to prevent slips and falls.
  • Establish clear safety zones around the slicer to minimize the risk of accidents.

5. Safety Handling Techniques

  • Use the right techniques for slicing, keeping hands away from the blade.
  • Utilize safety guards and pushers provided with the slicer.

Partnering with Dave's Marketplace on Slicer Safety

Real-world success stories highlight the effectiveness of these safety guidelines. Take, for instance, Beacon policyholder, Dave's Marketplace, a thriving establishment that values the safety of both employees and customers. By working with Beacon's loss prevention experts and diligently implementing the safety tips outlined in our guide, Dave's Marketplace ensures that their slicer operators are well-trained, use proper protective equipment, and maintain a safe work environment.

In a Noteworthy collaboration, Beacon joined forces with Dave's Marketplace to develop invaluable resources aimed at training employees on the proper and secure use of slicers. We applaud their dedication to not only protecting their team but also assisting Beacon in creating materials that can benefit other businesses and their staff.

Resources to Keep Your Employees Safe While Using a Slicer

To assist in preventing injuries caused by slicers, we are delighted to provide these exceptional resources to business owners at no cost! Utilize them to foster a culture of safety and well-being for all individuals in your workplace.

Download the Slicer Safety Guide and draw inspiration from businesses like Dave's Marketplace, demonstrating how these practices can be seamlessly integrated to create a safer and more efficient workplace. 

Download the Slicer Safety Poster and display it in your deli or restaurant, serving as a powerful reminder to all employees about the paramount importance of workplace safety.

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For over 30 years, Beacon has been proud to provide workers' compensation insurance to the majority of restaurants, bars, hotels, and eateries in Rhode Island.  We understand the industry and the challenges your hospitality company faces, and we're here to support you and your employees. 

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Lester Poole, OHST, CHSP
Written by

Lester Poole, OHST, CHSP

Senior Loss Prevention Consultant

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