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Thanksgiving Safety Tips for the Workplace

Posted by EHS Insight Staff on November 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM

At a time of year when employees are most thankful for their jobs, you can also help them be thankful for a company’s prioritization of safety while on the job.

As you and your team celebrate Thanksgiving at work, take time to reinforce your commitment to their well-being by following these Thanksgiving safety tips.

#1 – Don’t Leave Food Sitting Out

Some foods are meant to be consumed at certain temperatures. When food is left sitting out for an extended period, they become breeding grounds for bacteria that can make unsuspecting eaters feel ill.

If you’re feasting at work, take cold items out of the fridge just before serving. Safely serve hot items immediately. And make sure you return items to the fridge within the hour to keep them fresh.

#2 – Use Protective Gloves When Carving the Turkey

There’s nothing like a fresh slice of hot, juicy turkey, but just remember that knife could slip any moment and slice your skin. Use protective gloves when cutting the turkey (or pie, or other dishes that require a knife). These gloves will protect you from the carving knife, plus they limit your contact with food to reduce germ exposure.

#3 – Use a Meat Thermometer to Check the Turkey

Most turkeys have a pop-up device to let you know it’s done cooking. However, it never hurts to check it with a real meat thermometer. Stick the temperature reader into the middle of the thickest part of the turkey. A well-done turkey should read 165° F.

#4 – Always Monitor What’s Cooking

Never leave food unattended on the stove or in the oven. Make sure someone is designated to watch for boil-overs, oven fires, scorching, and other cooking hazards at all times.

#5 – Decorate with Caution

Everyone loves a well-decorated spread, but those pretty visuals could be catastrophic. If your display just isn’t complete without candles, opt for the flameless kind that won’t catch garlands or fabrics on fire. If you simply must have real candles, be careful not to juxtapose them to flammable materials.

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for what you have. If you can avoid any major safety incidents, you can also make it a time to be thankful for what you don’t have.

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