October 2019 archive

Safety Food Guide


  1. Fire
    • Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing while cooking as the sleeves can easily get caught on the elements.
    • Keep flammable objects such as paper towels, pot holders, and tea cloths at a safe distance from the stove and oven.

  2. Burns/Scalds
    • Run cool tap water over thermal burns for 10 to 20 minutes.
    • Do not put ice or butter on the burned area as these it doesn’t help and can damage the skin tissue.

  1. Chemicals
    • When working with chemicals it’s important to have good air flow in the area that you’re working in, to minimize exposure.
    • Make sure you know what materials you’re working with. You need to be trained with specific chemicals, so you know what you’re doing with it to work safely.

  1. Slips/Trips/Falls (i.e. how to prevent)
    • Putting bags under desks so they aren’t in the way of your pathways in your unit/kitchen.
    • Being aware of your surroundings and knowing where cords are to prevent rushing near those areas.

if you run, you will fall like minion dave did.

  1. Cuts (i.e. how to prevent/how to treat)
    • Preventative measures that can be taken to avoid a cut would be to stay focused while chopping/cutting and using a sharp knife.
    • With a cut, you start with stop the bleeding with pressure then proceeding to clean around the wound. You then apply antibiotics and wrap the wound.

  1. Heavy Lifting(i.e. of a bag of flour) 
    • Bend your hips and knees to squat down keep it close to your body
    • Never lift a heavyobject above shoulder level as to not injure yourself or compress your spinal discs

  1. How to Prevent Food Poisoning
    • Wash cutting boards and knives with antibacterial soap and warm to hot water after handling raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs.
    • Check the inspection scores of the places where dine out. You can check online reviews before you go to eat.

  1. Waste Management
    • Using rags instead of paper towels, in the kitchen is reducing waste as they can be washed and reused.
    • Composting food scraps is a good way to cut down your carbon footprint as the less scraps end up in landfill, the less emissions are used in the landfill for them.

  1. Personal Hygiene
    • Keeping your hair and body fresh with showers and deodorant is vital to keep your kitchen sanitary and comfortable.
    • To prevent any cross-contamination and make sure your food is up to standards, make sure your hands are always clean and hair is tied back.

What Darwin Never Knew

The discovery of DNA is very vital to back up Darwin’s theory.

Darwin’s theory was that species change with time (very slowly). He also came up with the theory of principle common descent which includes the thought that modern organisms have been produced through evolution, every new organism comes from pre-existing organisms, that each species has descended from other species, and that all species have shared a common ancestor. That theory can be supported by DNA and fossil records by multiple pieces of evidence. With fossils, the lower layers of rock are older, scientists can determine the source of changes in an organism based on the layers in the rock. Evidence for this theory also lays in the science of embryology as now we can see that many animals and human embryos look very similar which proves that we are all distantly related to common ancestors. DNA is used in the confirmation of Darwin’s theory as, when it was examined, it allowed enough variation to be considered new generations, and with that information, evolution is now understood as a process of changes in the frequencies of stable variants.