Category Archives: Risk Management

How to Reduce Restaurant Food Waste

Restaurant food waste is a major problem in the United States. In fact, a study by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance found that 84.3% of unused food in U.S. restaurants gets thrown out, while 14.3% is recycled and 1.4% of food is donated. Aside from the negative environmental impact that food waste has on our planet, restaurant food waste also accounts for lost – but much needed – revenue for restaurant owners. It’s more important than ever to focus on reducing food waste and increasing efficiency. Here are the top areas to help prevent unnecessary loss.

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New High Chair Regulations and What it Means for Restaurants

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received 1,842 reports of high chair related incidents from January 1, 2011 to September 30, 2017. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), 1,600 incidents related to high chairs occurred in restaurants from 2011 to 2016.

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Basic Hazards Associated with Meat Smoking

This entry is part of 14 in the series Safe With Society

The restaurant industry has always been one of the most highly competitive fields. New restaurants open on a regular basis, driving others to explore creative options to keep their customers happy. This is often accomplished by expanding menus and exploring alternate cooking methods. In recent years, meat smoking has grown in popularity and the once regional staple can now be found offered in various restaurants across the country. Without question, a meat smoker may be responsible for some of your favorite tender, flavor-filled recipes. It’s an incredible asset and moneymaker, but it can also be hazardous if not properly maintained. A cooking equipment fire can cause insurmountable damage to your staff and operation. Properly cleaning a meat smoker is crucial for fire prevention, as well as maintaining proper health standards.  

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The Importance of Machine Safeguarding in Restaurants

Restaurants and commercial kitchens are filled with equipment that have the potential to cause injuries such as crushed or maimed hands, severe burns, and more. Workplace accidents happen all the time – over 5,000 people died while on-the-job in 2018. This is why organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were created: to prevent workplace injuries by improving conditions and safety regulations. One of the most vital workplace safety requirements is machine safeguarding.

Visit our Risk Control Library for additional safety resources for restaurants.

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Floor Safety Basics: Floor Mat Placement Procedures & Maintenance

This entry is part 1 of 17 in the series Slips, Trips & Falls

Proper floor safety precautions are crucial in preventing the bulk of workplace accidents. It may not seem like it, but having the right floor mats and having them placed strategically throughout the building can be an effective mitigation tool for employee and customer slips and falls.

Read ‘Slips, Trips and Falls Safety Tips’ for more information on how to prevent slips and falls, which account for 12-15% of workers compensation claims.

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Some Businesses May Be At Risk for Legionnaires’ Disease

When businesses are closed for a period of time, water and air conditioning may be shut off to conserve resources. In doing so, the warmth and lack of clean water flow is the right formula for the growth of potentially dangerous microbes, including the bacteria that contributes to Legionnaires’ disease. Any commercial facility vacated or underutilized for more than three weeks, according to health experts and government officials, is at risk for a Legionnaires’ outbreak.

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Managing Conflict in the Workplace

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable, even with the most agreeable personalities. The average American spends well over 2,000 hours at work over the course of a year. When employees of various backgrounds and different work styles are brought together to work on the same project with the same goal, the conflict will be a natural byproduct. Not all conflict is bad, however, and all conflict can and should be managed and resolved. If handled correctly, confronting conflict head-on will result in a stronger culture and closer teams.

Interested in learning how to increase productivity amongst your employees? Read, “Increasing Employee Motivation.

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The Risks of Serving Flaming Alcohol (It’s a Bad Idea)

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Fire Prevention
Some bars and restaurants are eager to ignite an exciting atmosphere by mixing liquor with fire. Whether it’s setting shots ablaze or pouring flaming liquor cascades, each method has one thing in common: severe risk.

While there are liquor liability concerns and challenges just with serving alcohol alone, flaming drinks introduce a greater degree of dangers: (more…)

Password Security Tips

This entry is part 10 of 33 in the series Data Security
A recent study analyzed 10 million passwords leaked in various data breaches throughout 2016. The most common password, once again, is ‘123456.’ A whopping 17% of users trust ‘123456’ to safeguard their online accounts! The study also found that four of the top 10 most common passwords were six characters or less. Brute-forcing techniques will have those passwords cracked in seconds.

Don’t fall into this trap. If your passwords are common and easy for you to remember, they’re likely to be easy for hackers as well. Use these password tips to keep your data secure. (more…)

Hiring the Right Employee

When you think about your future employees, or about your own goal as an employee, what are the first words that come to mind? Reliability is probably at the top of the list, along with honesty and a solid work ethic. But how can you make sure an open job position and a potential new employee are a good fit? Use these tips when you’re hiring new employees. (more…)