Safety work boots now being considered for hospitality

With the world going health and safety mad it is no surprise that that hospitality is being looked for how they carry out their business. With lockdowns most cafes and restaurants have been severely affected by restricted opening hours and this is before we get into the health and safety standards for the kitchens. Although it is important to make sure that the kitchen is up to standard and this is something we definitely approve of, safety footwear in a restaurant does seem a tad excessive.

Chefs for example will have to wear waterproof work boots and this is to ensure their safety in case of a hot water spillage in the kitchen. Whilst we do understand this could be a hazard it is unlikely a steel toe boot is necessary. Perhaps something like an S1 safety shoe would do the job as this would be some what waterproofed however we won’t get bogged down in these details here.

We do not agree that waiters and waitresses will have to wear S1 safety footwear as even if they drop something on their foot it is unlikely to have of a heavy object. Again a S1 style shoe could be worn here as they are pretty light but IF this is the case then it should be provided by the establishment and not the employee. Having taken a look online their are websites go to workbootsireland.ie that seem to have a range of this style for around the €50 mark so it is not going to be too big a ask for a business to provide these.

We do however not want to turn everything into a nanny state like some other countries and we fear that this could be the case with rulings like this. Another example of this, not in the work place but in society is that kids are not allowed to run around the school yard. This seems crazy and getting cuts and bruises is part of being a kid. Anyway as we said we will leave this argument for another post but just wanted to sight this here..

Do massage guns really help with muscle pain?

Over the last 2 years percussive massage guns have become really popular among athletes, physios, trainers and basically anyone who is looking for help with their distressed muscles. They look very similar to a standard power drill but instead of drilling nails these guns are made to help drill out any tight areas of the muscle. Massage guns vibrate your muscle with powerful, short burst which act just like getting a traditional massage. By doing this they increase blood flow to your muscle which then irons out these sore areas as well as delivering vital nutrients to these distressed areas.

Ask the physio: Sports massage

When they first hit the market a massage gun was costing approximately €500 which is quite expensive. Like anything however, the prices come down over time and not you can get a massage gun on sale for €129.00 or even less depending on where you shop. With these devices you can now massage your own muscles in your own home without the need to go to a physio therapy every time you need some muscle pain relief. That is not to say that there is no need for physiotherapists of course! They do a vital job and of course they are needed, but for muscle soreness after workouts this is a great tool for some home pain relief. Also not many people can afford to go to a physical therapist 2/3 times per week but they could be working out a few days a week and need massage therapy to keep the muscles working well.

By going to the gym you are tightening your muscles each time you are using them. Stretching after a workout is vital but so is massaging your muscle. Many athletes would foam roll after their workout but now they can use a massage gun and it is also much easier to use than a foam roller. So if you are suffering from muscle soreness try out a massage gun and see what they can do for you!

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