Health inspections are nerve-racking for any restaurant. However, it’s also necessary because the state wants you to keep your clientele and employees safe. So, what can you do? There’s certainly a lot to keep track of, but luckily, we’re here to help. Learn more about the top three tips we can offer you to help you prepare for your next health inspection.
Self-inspections are usually startling for employees. However, they could save both your job and theirs. Do these at random, unexpected times. Are the countertops clean? Is the kitchen clean and organized? You want to mimic random, unexpected health inspections. In the end, do a performance review for your employees to let them know how they did. Outline corrective measures for any violations. This doesn’t necessarily mean firing them. Collaborate with them and ask them how you can support each other to make it better.
Consult Your Health Department
We recommend you check your health department shortly after opening your restaurant. You can’t exactly tell the health inspector you “didn’t know” the terms. It’s your job to get out there and give yourself a fighting chance. If you go to the health department and check their regulations, you won’t be surprised when the inspector comes in with their clipboard—you’ll already know what’s on it. This is one of the best ways to prepare for your next health inspection.
Keep Everyone Up to Date
Train your employees effectively to prepare their food in a healthy and safe way. Ensure they’re using equipment properly, washing their hands regularly, and staying up to date on food regulations. We mentioned consulting your health department. Well, this isn’t a one-and-done deal. Keep going back and looking at their website. Let your employees know new policies and tell your managers what to look out for.
Overall, your job is your livelihood. Preparation is always key in situations like this, so stay battle-ready. You’ll be overjoyed that you did when an inspector springs up on you.