Safety and Sanitation Trends Operators Need to Know
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Helping restaurants stay safe and clean for customers and employees has never been more important or a priority. As part of restaurant recovery efforts, operators have implemented new strategies to deal with current challenges, including staff shortages and providing higher levels of sanitation to help prevent the spread of germs.
That being said, not all of the processes put in place at the start of the pandemic have stood the test of time – servers wearing disposable gloves may have seemed like a great strategy at the time, but this practice , among others, has since fallen by the wayside amid evolving guidelines and recommendations. However, some practices have remained in place and others are currently accelerating.
Perform a Scientific Clean™
Since “doing more with less” is essential in today’s climate, optimizing cleaning and sanitizing processes is essential. There are six easy ways to do this:
- Simplify surface hygiene: Look for versatile and innovative chemical solutions with viricidal claims designed to clean and sanitize food contact surfaces in minimal time. Also, consider using antimicrobial wipes in cleaning processes, for effective “in-between” cleaning.
- Set up one-pass dishwashing: One of the best ways to increase efficiency is to ensure dishes are cleaned the first time in the dishwasher, reducing the need for rewashing or polishing by hand. In addition to procedural improvements like proper racking and scraping, upgrade to dishwashing solutions optimized for current food trends and designed to eliminate high-protein foods.
- Select multitasking products for reliable degreasing: Reduce the overall complexity of the cleaning process by choosing products specifically designed to require fewer steps, less time and depend on certain temperatures. Additionally, by choosing products that can be used in multiple applications and locations within the restaurant, operators can reduce confusion among employees who would otherwise need to be trained on where to use each cleaning product.
- Onboard faster with digital training: Digital training can help ensure staff have access to on-demand resources, allowing them to effectively onboard, retrain and upskill. Digital training is most effective when paired with on-site expertise, and when the two are combined, operators can feel confident that a training program is available when and where staff need it to help achieve results. desired training in less time.
- Embrace actionable insights: Beyond staff training, new technology enables touchless management for customers as well as in-house data analytics that increase customer trust, employee compliance, and operational efficiency.
- Seek external audit and expertise: Finally, more and more companies rely on independent audits to help develop a comprehensive cleaning program. These programs bring in experts to help verify the appropriate use of products, to ensure that the focus remains on public health and food safety.
Priority to staff safety
As labor issues remain a pain point for operators, increasing employee safety is paramount. Helping to keep staff healthy helps ensure a fully staffed restaurant – and with a fully staffed restaurant, customer satisfaction is easier to achieve. So how can operators make worker safety a priority?
First, ensure that sanitation processes are in place and strictly followed. Having a fully equipped restaurant helps with this, as it means there will be enough people on site to ensure that cleaning procedures are taken care of if necessary. Second, implement policies that allow sick workers to stay home until they are well, which helps protect other workers as well as customers. By implementing processes and policies that put staff safety and health first, operators not only create a safer working environment, but they also boost staff morale.
Demonstrate increased commitment to advancing cleaner and safer practices
Compliance with safety requirements goes beyond the cleanliness of dishes and surfaces. Ecolab Science Certified is a comprehensive science-based public health and food safety program that draws on insights from Ecolab’s decades of experience in keeping hospitals clean, as well as partnerships with some of the biggest brands global hotel and restaurant industry.
The program includes scientific protocols and products, including hospital disinfectants and food contact disinfectants proven to be effective against COVID-19 and other known and emerging pathogens. In addition to these advanced products, the program includes the latest public health and food safety training and periodic audits by Ecolab public health and food safety specialists who help verify that protocols are followed. The program draws on the knowledge of Ecolab’s global team of scientists and experienced field staff, who are experts in advancing practices and protocols to help achieve a higher standard of cleanliness .
Ecolab at the Restaurant Leadership Conference (RLC)
Ecolab is one of this year’s title sponsors for the Restaurant Leadership Conference. As a company that values the ideas and forward-thinking ideas cultivated at this event, Ecolab plans to build on these great attributes through education on food safety culture, public health, and brand protection. leveraging its innovative product offerings and digital programs. They will also offer their extensive training expertise to help customers achieve a higher level of cleanliness and continue to prioritize customer and employee safety. To support the industry, Ecolab will also share more information about their Ecolab Science Certified program, which can help operators solve many of their key labor, food safety and public health challenges.
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This post is sponsored by Ecolab