Even us Frogs don’t like to admit it, but sometimes accidents to happen in a restaurant, whether it’s in the front-of-the-house of back-of-the-house (here’s a past blog entry if you’re not familiar with some of the lingo). Of course the first thing you should do is call 911. But while you’re waiting for the authorities to arrive, first aid can help every step of the way. In a restaurant setting though, it’s a vital thing to have.
Please note that we are not medical professionals, and we will not advise on medical treatments or medical procedures.
Before you start going to the drugstore and impulse shopping bandages, you should know that OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) has a requirement on the minimum supplies you need in your first-aid kit. This not only means that a first-aid kit is necessary in the workplace (yes, One Fat Frog has a first-aid kit as well), but necessary in a restaurant (it is a workplace, after all).
Luckily, there are specific first-aid kits for “food-services,” (which restaurants will likely suffice), along with pre-made first-aid kits available online. And increasingly, restaurants are having automatic external defibrillators installed.
And the last thing to keep in mind for first-aid kits in restaurants? Keep them well-stocked. You’ll never know when people might have injuries, and it’s a customer-service and health-inspection red flag when you realize you’re low in supplies. So the next time you’re ordering supplies, try to keep your first-aid kit as stocked as possible.