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Top 7 Restaurant Safety Tips

Whether it’s guests who stop in for a bite, cooks in the kitchen or servers delivering hot plates of food, there’s a lot going on at a restaurant.

Restaurant insurance can help if something goes wrong. But what about preventing an unfortunate incident in the first place?

That’s the forte of Erie Insurance risk control consultants. These men and women are trained professionals who advise business owners on how to keep their buildings and employees safe.

Eric Malone is a senior risk control consultant with 20 years of experience. He regularly visits restaurants to advise them on safety issues. Here are his top seven restaurant safety tips.

  1. Have a professional degrease your kitchen exhaust hood system every six months. Grease that accumulates in ducts, hoods, fans and vents can easily catch fire.
  2. Contact a professional to inspect your fire suppression system every six months. Ask the manufacturer or installer who they would recommend.
  3. Require your employees to take a food handling class. Your county’s Department of Health is a good place to start.
  4. Make sure employees where cut-resistant gloves when using knives. Stainless-steel mesh cutting gloves can help prevent cuts and injuries.
  5. Invest in anti-fatigue mats. Besides offering relief to tired feet, cushioned anti-fatigue mats can also help prevent slips and falls.
  6. Educate employees about proper clothing. Employees should wear aprons, shoes should have slip resistant soles and oven mitts should cover the forearms as well the hands.
  7. If your restaurant serves alcohol, have your employees take an alcohol awareness training class. Check in with your state’s alcohol or liquor control division to learn about classes in your area.

Every Erie Insurance agency is assigned a risk control consultant to provide services for their Customers. To learn more about these services and restaurant insurance, contact a local Erie Insurance Agent in your community.

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