Most of the time, people don’t really think about the details when it comes to customizing equipment that goes into their industrial kitchen. The options that they need should be available when they order it is the prevailing theory. At the same time, there are instances where putting a stock industrial part into your particular environment can create a situation where your level of safety will drop.
When you add cleaning equipment such as water hoses your environment can become even more dangerous. One man was pulled into the meat pulverizer he was cleaning with a water hose because the machine grabbed the hose and started to eat the line. As he had wrapped it around his waste in order to keep it from dangling, he ended up being unable to escape.
So following common sense when putting your industrial kitchen together can save you time, money, and lives. Here are some tips on how to approach your purchasing plan when setting up:
Contact a safety consultant:
Food safety consultants are often in the best position to ensure that you have the equipment that you need when you are putting your kitchen together from a safety compliance standpoint. Functionally, a good consultant will be able to point out areas to watch for in the equipment that you order so that you can avoid having problems. If there is a question about proper venting or matching your gas intake with the ovens that you have decided to order, you can ensure that you will have the answer and the implementation that allows you to pass an inspection.
Inspections and compliance are important and are the primary value-added job that a consultant can provide you with.
Plan to customize machinery for safety:
There are times when your manufacturer does not offer the types of accessory that you need to meet your requirements. One pretty good example is the concept of leveling casters. That type of caster is one that has a wheel and a stopper attached to it. Using an included screw-wheel, you can lower the stopper so that it is lower than the actual wheel. That allows you to put 4 casters on a bread cart and then fix it into place so that you can work with it without having to do more than spend a couple of seconds to lower each stopper.
When you apply that concept to work tables, it makes your entire kitchen easier to use and keep clean because you can move the tables that you build your dishes on out of the way easily in order to clean.
Train one staff member to be safety-oriented
It goes without saying that people involved in industrial kitchen work are concerned about getting through the work week without any safety problems. At the same time, there are always practices that can be put in place that will make your work environment a safer place.
Appointing a safety coordinator or committee member from your kitchen should allow your crew to have a sense of ownership over their own destiny when it comes to safety in their immediate environment. In addition, having a formal safety person means that you can develop and maintain safety guidelines that can later be applied to other operations that you do have as you expand.
Setting up an industrial kitchen takes some time and experience to get right. If you get the right people, the right equipment, and make the right equipment modifications, you should end up with a much safer environment over time.