September 08
This month marks the 25th anniversary of National Food Safety Month. To commemorate it, we’re sharing resources and information that will help your restaurant continuously improve its food safety rules and practices.
 
Our theme for 2019 is “Controlling Risk: The Elements of a Food Safety Management System,” so we’re highlighting how each individual can help the restaurant stay safe and give guests a great experience.
 
To recap last week’s blog post, A Food Safety Management System, or FSMS, is an approach to controlling food safety hazards and ensuring that food for your customers. While a FSMS is not a legal requirement, it is a practical tool restaurants can use to make sure employees follow safe food handling practices. 
 
As a restaurant employee, you’re trained. You’re experienced. You’re good at your job. That’s why it’s so essential that you provide input to your managers. While they’re busy doing their jobs, they may not be able to see the gaps in the day-to-day rules of the restaurant’s Food Safety Management System. But you do.  
 
As you go about your work each day, analyze what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. When you see improvements that could be made on the SOPs of your job, tell your manager.  Experienced employees like you are the key to making it all work.
 
Managers, when you get feedback, consider how you might change policies or procedures to help improve the restaurant’s food safety. Then, keep employees in the loop.
 
What information should you pass along?
 
Food safety goals
 
When you have a new policy, specify precisely what it is meant to achieve in terms of food safety.
 
Who’s in charge of what
 
Identify the people in charge of each food-safety related activity in the restaurant and make sure they know when the action should happen.
 
SOP analysis
 
Define each step of the food safety process and let each person know exactly what is expected of him or her.
 
Corrective actions
 
Evaluate each job task and define corrective actions to be taken if anything doesn’t meet job specifications.
 
Your input on improvements to food safety policies and procedures is vital to the restaurant’s success. As you go about your work, keep an eye out for anything that could be improved to increase food safety – and let your managers know.
 
For a helpful visual reminder of these points, download our free poster and then share the Week 2 activity sheet with your employees.