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Meat & Poultry
Equipment safety
BY KEITH LORIA
TO PROPERLY RUN A MEAT DEPARTMENT in the supermarket, having
well maintained equipment is vital when it comes to food safety, as
food slicers, meat grinders and other machines may cause serious cuts
and amputations when workers operate, perform maintenance, or clean
the machines.
After all, when cleaning one of these machines, workers need to
remove protective guards so there can't be any misfires, such as the
food slicer or meat grinder starting up unexpectedly.
According to OSHA, there were more than 4,000 incidents involving
meat slicers that resulted in lost workdays last year. That's why it has
stringent guidelines to follow. Grocery stores must protect workers by
complying with the relevant OSHA standards for Machine Grinding
(1910.212), Hand Protection (1910.138) and Control of Hazardous Energy
(1910.147).
" Workers should be given cut-resistant gloves and other appropriate
protection if there is a risk that hands will come into contact with
blades, and meat slicers should be equipped with appropriate guards
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and feeding attachments, " OSHA stresses in its guidelines. " Workers
should be trained on safe usage, including never using bare hands to
push meat, keeping hands away from the back of the blade, and proper
cleaning procedures. "
Retailers must be cognitive to the fact that accidents can occur when
changing food, cleaning the machine, or even when the machine is not
in use, which is why it's important that the machines are off, unplugged
and the blade is fully retracted or in the " zero " position.
Sean Sáenz, senior director of meat and seafood operations for
Gelson's Markets, noted that every employee and staff member,
before they step foot into the meat department, must go through a
very detailed and outlined training on the equipment and machines
being used.
" The first two days are all on safety procedures, " Sáenz said. " Once
they go through the videos and the proper handling procedures, they
do on-the-job safety training with the department manager, making
sure they understand how to utilize everything -from the slicers to
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