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					SAFE USE AND HANDLING of
         KNIVES
           101
   MAINTAIN AND HANDLE KNIVES
            with CARE

There are 9 golden rules when handling
  knives:
• You will all need to know, and obey these
  simple rules.
• As you develop your own personal skills as a
  chef, these rules and skills will become
  second nature.
1. Always use the knife best suited to the job.

2. Maintain your knives in a clean and sharp
   condition.

3. Handle all knives safely and in a methodical
   manner.

4. Place knives flat on work surfaces with
   blade facing inwards.

5. Never try and catch a knife if it is falling to
   the floor.
6. Never leave knives in a sink.

7. Only have one knife on a chopping
   board at any one time.

8. Never leave knives on the edge of the
    table or board.

9. Never allow knives to become hidden
    under food items.
 Some of these rules will have struck you as common
 sense, but all of them are commonly broken during
                your training as a chef.

1. Choose the correct knife.
• If the knife is too large you will not have
  adequate control over it and increase your
  chances of an accident.
• If you choose a rigid blade for a cutting
  job that require as a flexible blade you
  will not work efficiently.
2. Keep knives clean and sharp.
• You have less control over a wet, greasy or
  dirty knife.
• A blunt knife requires more pressure to cut
  and can cause loss of control and an accident.


3. Handle knives safely and methodically.
• Carry knives, holding handle, pointing towards
  the floor and sharp edge behind you.
• Never carry knives around the kitchen on a
 cutting board.
  NEVER THREATEN SOMEONE WITH A
                     KNIFE.




4. Place knives on work surfaces carefully.
• You may cause accidents if you leave a blade
  sharp side up, when someone could lean on it
  or wipe a table and cut themselves.
5. Never try to catch a falling knife.
• Allow the knife to fall to the ground, moving
  your body away from the fall.

6. Never leave knives in the sink.
• Leaving a knife in the sink is often considered
  one of the worst crimes you can commit when
  handling knives.
• You can not always see a knife in sink full of
  washing up.
7. Never have more than one knife on a board at once.
• You may be chopping and catch the other knife
   causing an accident or damage the knives.

8. Place knives on tables with care.
• Never leave knives at the edge of work surfaces,
  as they can be knocked off and cut someone.

9. Never allow knives to become hidden.
• Keep knives obvious and not hidden.
• This could cause an accident.
Knife Safety is in Your Hands

				
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