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management

Prevention
Working in a retail bakery environment might not seem like the
most physically taxing occupation to an outsider, but bakery

* When lifting, keep large bags and containers of ingredients
close to the body to reduce stress on the back.

owners, managers and staff, know that the days get long and
the work is hard. While every bakery operation differs, a few
key elements prevent unnecessary strain on staff.
* Position cake-decorating turntables so that the cake is at

* Use carts or rolling stands to move heavy items like tubs of
dough or bags of flour.
* Keep wheels on bakery carts well maintained. Wheels that are

about elbow height for a more comfortable working position.

in poor repair can be difficult to push and should be removed

Adjustable height tables are one solution, but you can also

from service until they can be repaired.

put a riser under the turntable or put in platforms for shorter
people to stand on.

* Whenever possible, break up continuous activities such as
cake decorating and dough handling with less strenuous tasks

* Use a smaller decorating bag whenever possible to reduce

during the shift.

the stress on the worker's hands. The larger the bag, the more
force required to squeeze it.

* Work from the long side of baking pans to reduce reaches
when handling dough.

* Have an adequate number of mixing bowls available to reduce
the need to transfer icing or batters that are mixed in the
store to other containers.

* Use powered mixers whenever possible to mix coloring into
icing or purchase colored icing. This reduces the stress to
workers' hands and arms from manually mixing colors into

* Use footrests and anti-fatigue mats in areas where workers
stand for prolonged periods.

icing. Ensure that the icing is of correct consistency. If icing
is mixed in the bakery, warm the icing to obtain the correct
consistency. If icing is purchased in buckets, store the buckets

* Make sure that there is toe-clearance under counters and
other work surfaces.
* Put buckets of icing and batter on risers (e.g., small stands or
empty buckets) to raise them to the best work zone.

at room temperature or warm them before use - cold icing is
thicker and hard to squeeze through decorating bags.
* Consider using cake decorating methods that require less
use of manual frosting bags. Using an air brush or mechanical dispurser whenever possible can reduce the stress on

* Use smaller containers of flour, sugar, salt and other supplies
to reduce the weights that must be handled.

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Heirloom in Bloom
Bagel Popularity
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