Slips, trips and falls are the most common workplace accident in any industry. The restaurant industry is no different and comes with its own unique set of hazards and potential risks. It’s imperative that chefs are kitted out in the correct, supportive anti-slip footwear and here’s why.
The benefits that we’ll cover are:
1. Reduces Accidents
When working in any restaurant kitchen, there’s a higher chance of coming into contact with slippery surfaces caused by water, grease and oils. Kitchens are extremely hectic places and it isn't always possible to keep an eye out for puddles caused by spilt water or oil sprays.
Slip-resistant shoes are specifically designed to help prevent accidents. Shoes with slip resistance grip have a tread pattern that helps resist against slippery surfaces. Non slip oil -resistant shoes have high resistance tread which is designed to help reduce your chances of slipping or falling at work.
At Shoes For Crews (Europe), our work shoes are designed with our unique micro-channel tread pattern to give effective grip when walking on wet surfaces.
We recommend Bloodstone. They’re easy to slip off at the end of a long service, but still make it hard to slip over whilst you're working.
2. Repels Oil
Cooking oils are potentially harmful hazards. Hot oil splashes can be harmful to your skin and the liquid is a lot more slippy than water underfoot.
Oil-resistant shoes feature a SpillGuard made from thicker materials that are designed to repel oils. Any hot oil splashes that land on the shoes won't soak through the material. This protects your feet from being injured from oil that can cause painful burns. Suffering an injury at work means you will likely have to take time off work to recover. In many cases, you can reduce the chances of suffering an accident by ensuring you're wearing the correct uniform and footwear.
We recommend Finn from the Mozo range, by Shoes For Crews (Europe). Fully protect your feet from splashing hot oil whilst still looking professional.
3. Increased Comfort and Shoe Durability
Chefs often find themselves working long, gruelling hours - all of which are spent on your feet in a high intensity atmosphere. This can take its toll on not only your shoes but also your health too. By working in the wrong shoes, you can injure your knees and your back due to being on your feet all service without the correct support.
Combat this by looking for shoes that offer support, such as our HoverLite technology. These will enable you to be comfortable on your feet all shift due to their weight.
In addition, the kitchen can be an unforgiving environment, with liquids and chemicals that can decrease the longevity of your footwear. Invest in oil-resistant work shoes as high quality safety shoes last longer than normal shoes, which means they offer more value as well as safety.
We recommend Carter. Say goodbye to those awkward joint aches and pains after a series of gruelling 12-hour shifts.
4. Peace of Mind
When you're working in a kitchen, you're expected to juggle many different tasks. Your attention has to be on food preparation and timings. Busy working areas can have many hidden hazards that can cause you or your colleagues harm.
Accidents at work are usually rare. However, when that rare occasion does happen, you can protect your health by making sure you're wearing the right footwear for work. Non slip oil-resistant shoes give you the peace of mind that you're wearing reliable footwear that actively reduces the chances of slips, trips and falls, and protects your feet from hot oil splashes.
Slips, trips and falls are the most common accident in the workplace. Shoes for Crews Europe boasts shoes with a Trip Guard, which decreases your trip hazard when moving around the kitchen between hard and greasy flooring.
We recommend Revolution II. Walk around the kitchen with full confidence that you won’t end up on the floor.
Be Sure You’re Buying the Right Shoes
After reading these four reasons why chefs benefit from anti slip footwear, you should be somewhat clearer on what features to look out for when buying them. But if you need some further reading, download our free Buying Guide which contains everything you need to know. Until this has been created, why not have a read of our Chef Career Guide?