San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 04, 2013
The health and safety of the employees and customers of a restaurant should be the one of the restaurant owner’s first priorities. A restaurant safety checklist can be an invaluable tool to this end. RestaurantFormsAndChecklists.com recently published a new article detailing the important features that should be included in this vital checklist.
Each restaurant safety checklist will be different, depending on the particular restaurant it is for. While it can take some time to formulate a proper restaurant health and safety checklist, it is more than worth it, as it can actually save a lot of money by preventing workplace injuries and mishaps that could cause customer complaints or even lawsuits.
In this case an ounce of prevention is much better than a pound of cure. The restaurant safety checklist not only helps restaurant operators to fulfill their responsibilities to keep both their employees and customers safe, but it is also just smart business because of the amount of money that would be saved.
Before starting work on the checklist, restaurant owners should check with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to see what rules and regulations are in place for their particular industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also provides free on-site consultation that can greatly benefit any small business owner.
This free consultation is separate from routine inspections and is solely meant to help businesses to improve their workplace injury and illness prevention programs. There are no citations issued and the name of the company is never listed, so the consultation is effectively anonymous and business owners should not hesitate to take advantage of this free service, if available in their area.
Once the restaurant owner is aware of what is expected by OSHA and the U.S. Department of Labor, they can make whatever changes are necessary and put whatever procedures that are recommended or required into effect. However, restaurant owners should not only rely on this information.
A personal inspection of the restaurant facilities is also an important step to creating the most effective restaurant safety checklist. Restaurant operators should walk through the establishment and take careful note of anything they personally feel could cause an injury or illness. Looking for potentially dangerous areas and either removing the danger if possible, or posting proper procedures to use the dangerous equipment or substances safely is a must to prevent injuries or illnesses.
Once all safety and health hazards have been identified, the staff can make the situation safer by moving or removing equipment and also by looking up the manufacturer’s safety precautions for all equipment so that this can also be taken into account when creating the restaurant safety checklist. Once the checklist is completed and all procedures are in place, it should be posted prominently for all to see so that everyone working at the restaurant, from the top supervisors to the temp workers, will be aware of the various safety procedures.