Preparing Your Restaurant For A Health Inspection

Anyone who owns or runs a restaurant knows how nerve racking and trying a health inspection can be. Doesn't matter if it's a random inspection or scheduled, inspections are often stress inducing for everyone on the staff. Inspection officers aren't set out to shut down your business, they are there to ensure that basic health and food regulations are being met. When a restaurant is overly busy and running at full-speed it can make it hard to make sure that everything is in pristine order to pass an inspection, and sometimes things slip through the cracks that can lead to issues on an inspection. Here are some quick tips to help you get your restaurant inspection-ready to help put your mind at ease.

Even if you don't have a planned inspection coming up it is always good to do a self-inspection of your restaurant and kitchen to see where you stand. Do a quick scan of the kitchen and restaurant for any signs of unsafe food handling or cross-contamination issues. This can range from ensuring staff are following basic self-hygience procedures to checking the walk-in cooler to ensure it's keeping a proper and accurate temperature to avoid any food being stored from spoiling.

Check your local health codes and regulations so that you are knowledgable in anything out of the ordinary that you may need to double-check and make sure is good to pass an inspection. As the owner or manager it is important for you to know these local regulations, but also make sure that staff are taught them and refreshed every few months so that they are up to date on any changes. If the staff is kept up to date and aware of what is expected in terms of the inspection then they can incorporate the necessary steps into the cleaning routines for the kitchen to help make inspections as easily passable as possible.

Once the inspector arrives, the first thing you should do is check their credentials and then follow the inspector around while they search the restaurant. This will allow you to see any violations first-hand and possibly fix on the spot any potential violations that may have been overlooked. During their search the inspector may point out items that need to be repaired or cleaned by a professional, so make a note and be sure to call a licensed and certified tech or clearning professional to take care of the item ASAP. When the inspection is done sign the report so that you are able to receive a copy of it, and if there were any violations ask the inspector to break down and explain anything they thought was in violation. This will allow you to better understand what the issue may have been and prevent it from being overlooked next time.

After the inspection is complete you should take the notes and make sure to correcet them. If there are any repairs or cleaning necessary make sure to reach out to a local certified and licensed hood repair and cleaning company so that they can add you to the schedule to fix any of the issues. Any cleanliness issues should be addressed with the restaurant and / or kitchen staff so that they can understand what exactly the problem was and to ensure that they help to prevent the issue from arising again. Taking the time to reviw post-inspection will help to relieve the stress of any further upcoming inspections by removing the mystery behind what may be in violation and make sure that all of the staff knows what to do to pre-emptively prepare for an inspector so that when they do randomly show up everything is in passing order. HoodMart provides our customers with a wide range of walk-in coolers and freezers - as well as all walk-in accessories such as door hinges, kick plates, and light fixtures. HoodMart Walkin Coolers are Guaranteed To Pass ALL City & State Codes. ALL HoodMart® Walk-In Coolers and Freezers are UL Listed Panels and Doors, NSF Listed, EISA & U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Compliant, and Listed and Certified for all States, including City of Houston, State of Oregon, New York City. Custom Hurricane Approved Units Available. If you still have questions regarding the purchase of your walk-in cooler or freezer, please feel free to contact one of our experts today by calling us at 1.800.715.1014 or by contacting us through our live chat system.