In a child nutrition operation, potential dangers are hidden around every corner. One of the greatest sources of accidents is one of the most commonly used pieces of small equipment – knives. To assure the safest work environment possible, it is essential to follow basic rules for the proper use and care of all equipment used in the operation. There is a variety of knives in the kitchen and they are used for cutting all types of food. Following the basic guidelines for using knives can help to ensure safety in the work environment.