Many Owner/Operators only call an HVAC/R contractor when their HVAC/R system isn’t functioning properly, despite its units requiring routine maintenance and occasional repairs. Neglected HVAC/R equipment not only increases unnecessary energy consumption but heightens the risk of fires and gas leaks. By understanding why scheduled tune-ups for your HVAC/R units are a leading best practice, [...]
Hurricanes and strong storms have the potential to create tremendous damage to your roof. With simple preparation, you can be one step ahead of approaching storms and help decrease the likelihood of destruction. Below is a list of easy, actionable items to complete in order to avoid future expensive, yet preventable roof repairs. Remove or [...]
Maintenance is key to preventing trip and falls on your property. Potholes, broken curbs, or uneven surfaces could cause someone to trip and fall. Something else to consider is making sure there is clear visual distinction between walking surfaces and any steps or change in elevation. An easy way to make sure your customers don’t [...]
Trash handling in quick-serve restaurants hasn’t changed since the industry began. Every year, millions of trash bags are moved from dining rooms to dumpsters. But one of the things that few think about, until it becomes a problem, is safety issues surrounding the trash handling process. The problems, once you dig into the data, are [...]
PACK-A-DRUM trash deflation systems could cut your waste hauling bills by 40-60% with No-Investment Needed. Pack-A-Drum users have saved over $96 Million in waste costs! If this solution can put a dollar more to your bottom line, would you give us a quarter? This PATENTED deflation and compaction waste volume reduction system: Improves employee safety [...]
If your walk-in coolers and freezers are not kept clean and organized, your workers could be injured in a number of ways: slip and falls, trip and falls and lifting injuries, to name a few. All of these can cost you time and money if an employee is injured. Be sure to follow these best practices [...]
A safety survey can help save you money in future premiums by identifying unsafe conditions before an injury occurs. As an Owner/Operator, you are responsible for providing a safe environment for your customers and employees. Conducting your own restaurant safety surveys will allow you to cost-effectively identify problems and get them fixed before someone is [...]
One of your most important roles is preventing fires. An electrical fire in your restaurant could have devastating results. A fire could shut down your restaurant, and not only would this prevent you from servicing your community, but customers, employees, and your bottom line could also be impacted. Since most fires are preventable, fire prevention [...]
Report maintenance issues to management immediately Check equipment and furniture regularly for damage Take damaged equipment or furniture out of service or block area off completely with a cone, sign, and warning tape Inspect toilet paper dispensers, toilet seats, changing tables, high chairs, and bathroom door finger guards regularly If you see spills on the [...]
Your ANSUL Fire Suppression System is one of the most important pieces of equipment within your restaurant. If properly maintained, your system should provide years of protection.
When it comes to safety of our customer’s there are a few key areas that should be included in your restaurant travel paths.
When PRESSURE WASHING, be sure to ALWAYS DO THE FOLLOWING: Wear a bright colored Safety Vest – REQUIRED Mark off area with Safety Cone(s) to protect the employee – REQUIRED Watch for vehicles - REQUIRED Take breaks often – See the Pressure Washers Instruction Manual – REQUIRED Pressure wash during slow times. If you are [...]
Every day, your restaurants should be using Wet Floor Signs to warn customers of wet areas from mopping, spills, washing of hands in bathroom, or outside water that may be tracked into the lobby due to rain or snow. The improper use or lack of wet floor signs can create more danger than the hazard [...]
Winter Maintenance to Prevent Potential Hazards Winter months in cold climates can present special hazards for your customers and crew members. Take precautions to prevent potentially hazardous conditions or address those that develop. Building Exterior Maintenance In winter months, it is especially important to maintain the exterior of your restaurant when the cold and [...]
Slip-Proof any floor! When employees have both feet safely on the mat, they work faster and more efficiently. With Mighty Mat slip-resistant floor mats, any greasy, slippery walkway becomes a safe, high-traction surface. Click below for Mighty Mat solutions. Click here for more information:
Sunken Floor Mats – A New Solution to an Old Problem A major exposure restaurants face is people slipping and falling when they enter your store. People will bring in dirt or oil from parking lots, creating a situation where not only are they exposed to slips and falls, but also other customers and even [...]
Best Practices to Prevent Restaurant Fires Your restaurants face the possibility of oil fires which can cost the system money in terms of lost sales, customer perception, worker injuries, property damage, insurance costs, and money. As a result, you should be sure to at least do the minimum to prevent them. Basic Fire Prevention Measures: [...]
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Ensuring your customer’s safety is the one of the most important things that you must do as an owner. Customer safety can take many forms, ranging from clear and clean parking lots, dry floors, proper traffic patterns, food quality, and a host of other items. Read more.
Keeping your parking lots in good condition can not only present a good impression for your customers – one where your restaurant has high standards of maintenance and cleanliness, but also can help prevent slips trips and falls, struck by vehicles, and protect vehicles themselves by reducing claims for damage due to pot holes. Read [...]
When furniture isn’t fastened properly, it can wobble, shift or move in a way that can cause someone to fall. This is a common danger happening much too often in restaurants today. That’s why owners and managers must be diligent in checking chair legs, under tables, screws in toilet seats and other furniture that can [...]
Screws and bolt become loose over time or even fall out. Be sure to have maintenance check regularly every table, chair, door hinge, toilet seat, toilet paper holder, etc. making sure all the screws are in place and properly tightened. If you have not done this check in a while, act now.
A loose toilet seat can cause injuries to both customers and employees. Toilet seats should be checked daily to ensure they are secure and fastened.
Every day, your restaurant is probably using Wet Floor signs to warn customers of a wet area from mopping, a spilled drink, or outside water that may have been tracked in due to rain or snow.
There are more than 1 million restaurant locations in the United States, which employ more than 15 million people. Restaurant owners have countless responsibilities. They have to have enough people dining to turn a profit, hire and fire staff, ensure clients are happy and maintain the operations of the business. One thing that restaurant owners [...]
Properly cleaning beverage towers according to schedules is important for many reasons
Improperly cleaning or not replacing mop heads can create dangers
Bent and loose drain grates are often visible, but many times they are left unrepaired or not appropriately replaced. In those cases, employees or customers can trip or fall and be seriously injured. Here are some helpful ways to stay on alert and prevent this from happening in your store.
The bulk tea system must be properly serviced to ensure safety
It is important that maintenance employee's have the proper shoes for the job. We describe the key elements here.
Eye injuries can occur anywhere, but read this article to learn about common situations and solutions.
Fry Station Safety and Risk Reduction Reference Source: Frymaster
Your restaurant floors can be a liability, if they’re not cleaned properly. Slips and falls rank among the top injuries to customers and employees at restaurants. They’re a danger (and a cost!) that can easily be prevented with the proper floor care tools and techniques. There are two main elements to getting a floor cleaned [...]
In prior winters, the most costly Owner/Operator claims occurred from employees slipping and falling on snow and ice in the parking lot. Learn how to prevent issues for your employee's and customers.
Food quality and the prevention of fires are very important to every owner. To prevent costly problems, be sure to service your fryers properly.
As you know, insurance is not a commodity and the price you pay is determined by you and your peers. What are you doing to minimize your claims?
Height: Selecting the right ladder height may not be as simple as you think. There can be quite a difference between the actual measured height of a ladder and its usable length. With step ladders you should never stand on the top two rungs for safety reasons. Extension and straight ladders require that you stay [...]
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Video which presents information on exterior inspections, and the importance in preventing employee and customer injuries. Also discusses effective camera use.
Video outlining proper use of ladders, to include both portable and fixed ladders.
Detailed inspection form that can be used to correct potential hazards at your stores, before they become injuries to customers and employees.
Procedures for cleanup of a broken lightbulb, and potential mercury exposure.
Overview of lockout tagout procedures, expanded to include chairs and tables, flooring, restroom equipment, etc. Methods to reduce injuries with your employees and customers.
Profit Sheets outline the top 10 major cost drivers for Owner/Operators in regard to employee injuries. This sheet discusses exposures to maintenance employees, who suffer injuries at a greater rate, and higher cost, than any other employee classification. Methods to reduce exposures, and training materials are also dicussed.
Article on maintenance employees, and how their injury cost and frequency is much higher than any of the other employee classifications. Article reviews specific injuries and causes, as well as ways to reduce exposure to serious injuries amongst your maintenance workers.
Graphical analysis of maintenance employee injuries as compared to other classifications, and methods to reduce injury exposures to your maintenance employees.
Review of methods to reduce back injuries and strains. Note - strains are now one of the top injury cost drivers at Owner/Operator stores across the country.