Food Safety Tips
Food safety is a large part of the food service industry. After all, anyone who works in the industry is responsible for the safety of the general public when they enter the establishment or buy food from a particular company or restaurant. All employees are required to learn about food safety to be able to work in a restaurant or other food service facility. However, the levels of training required are usually minimal. As a business owner or restaurant manager, you should take the time to get your employees trained as much as you can in food safety so that you can have a better business overall.
Even if it isn’t required, having employees attend food safety seminars and classes beyond the minimum guidelines for the position that they are in is only going to help your business. It might cost a little more money, but letting your employees know that you are invested in them and their careers will make them feel like they are working in an environment that is caring, which generally stimulates better work done in the workplace. Also, having employees that are equally trained no matter what position they hold can help to eliminate the ranking system and help everyone to feel more equal, which creates a more peaceful working environment.
Competition and proving oneself is a natural instinct. Your managers will obviously have more training than your servers, but they should all learn the same food safety information so that everyone is aware at all times of every possible scenario. By providing your lower status employees with extra training, it will help them to feel more like a part of the group, and less like a part of the workplace food chain. Another reason to provide extra training is that it’s just good for your business. Having employees that are better trained than they need to be can show people that your business has a higher standard than the rest, and give you a better reputation.
There is nothing more important than food safety for any business that is in the food service industry. A lack of proper training can create catastrophic events, including food poisoning or allergic reactions because your server didn’t know all the information that they could have known about the kitchen, food preparation, and food safety. It might not be necessary to provide excessive training to wait staff and other employees that don’t work in the kitchen directly, but doing so can level the playing field and create a safer, more positive establishment for employees and customers alike.