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Salaried Manager Training during the Coronavirus outbreak

 

As the Coronavirus continues to sweep across the USA and “Social Distancing” is becoming a standard operating procedure in America, the restaurant industry is being hit harder than most by this procedure.

With this in mind, it is important to make the best out of a bad situation and use this time where your establishment may be quieter or in worst case scenarios forced to shut down to make sure all your Food Protection Managers are trained and certified.

It is a mandatory requirement across the USA that there is at least one certified food protection manager on duty during hours of operation. Does your business comply with this?

If you don’t, then training and certification is essential

Staff can complete training in their homes:

All of our training is online, meaning that your managers can complete the mandatory training in their homes.

The training is video-based and will be far more engaging than other training programs out there.

Exams can be proctored at your location:

When it comes to getting certified all exams must be overseen by a proctor. Normally that means you have to send managers out to an exam center. With Always Food Safe you can proctor exams internally, meaning managers do not have to go to crowded exam centers to take their exams.

Training can save people’s lives

Excellent Personal Hygiene is the number 1 way to prevent the spread of the virus. So, training your staff on these essentials is not just mandatory, it could also save someone’s life.

Personal Hygiene in Food Safety

Good personal hygiene is important in most situations, but it’s especially crucial for food handlers in a kitchen setting. Proper food handling, when combined with good personal hygiene, is an important element in preventing food poisoning.

Personal Hygiene

Good personal hygiene habits go a long way with customers. You are handling their food, and they want to see food handlers that look professional and put-together, as opposed to food handlers that follow poor hygiene habits. Hair should look neat and clean and clothes should fit properly and be free from holes.

 

Good personal hygiene isn’t just about appearances; it goes one step further. It’s about preventing food poisoning. Everyone carries a certain level of bacteria. Touching your eyes, mouth, nose, hair, or clothing, and then proceeding to touch food without washing your hands promotes the spread of that bacteria.

 

Hand Washing

Food handlers should not only look like they follow good hygiene habits, but they should practice them too. Following the proper handwashing technique is of the utmost importance. It prevents the spread of foodborne illnesses. Hands should be washed and dried before handling food, in-between tasks like taking out the garbage, after handling raw foods, after every break, and after touching clothing, your hair, or your face. Disposable gloves should be worn and changed frequently. If you have a cut on your hand, it needs to be completely covered with a bandage and cleaned regularly.

 

Overall Health

If you feel sick or have an illness that is contagious, you should not be handling food. It is incredibly easy to spread bacteria, especially with an illness that is easily transmitted through food. If you’re experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, you should not go to work until your symptoms are gone for at least 48 hours. Let your boss know when you are experiencing these symptoms, or other issues like a cold or a contagious eye infection.

 

As a food handler, make sure you undergo proper training to understand safe food handling practices.

 

Hosting an Allergen-Free Party

Approximately 150 million people cope with serious food allergies. That means that if you plan on hosting a large party, chances are that you may have a guest in attendance that has a food allergy or sensitivity. Whether you’re throwing a party for your friends or your child has a birthday party coming up, it’s important to understand all the tips and tricks for throwing an allergen-free party so that all the guests will feel safe and full.

 

Before you start making a list, grocery shopping, and food prepping, you need to do some early planning with your guests. Either call your guests or request they send in their food allergies along with their RSVP. Request they notify you of the severity of their food allergies, too. For instance, someone may have a deadly food allergy. If peanuts are even in the same room as them, it could trigger an anaphylactic response. Others may have a more minor allergy, where they can be in the same room as the ingredient, but consuming copious amounts of it would put them at risk for a bad reaction. Perhaps you have an abundance of guests that follow a vegan diet; you may decide to throw a dairy-free, meat-free party. If there’s only one or two vegan guests, opt to make a special dish or two for them. And if you can, choose foods that are already dairy-free or meat-free. Sometimes alternatives to these foods aren’t always the most appetizing. Especially if you aren’t used to cooking that type of food, it’s best to just choose simple options.

 

A buffet-style option might be the best way to ensure everyone feels satisfied when they’re done eating. Consider a food that requires plentiful toppings, like a taco bar or baked potato bar. Toppings should be clearly separated and include individual serving utensils in order to prevent cross-contamination. Include multiple options to appease everyone, from the vegetarians and vegans, to the gluten-free party-goers and the ones following special diets for weight loss. Whether you decide to have one main dish with toppings galore, or you decide to make several complex dishes, an ingredient list for everything is an absolute must.

 

When you’re cooking, you need to be especially mindful of cross-contamination. If you have someone with an allergy to fish, make sure it is prepped carefully so that it does not contaminate any surfaces other food will touch, whether it’s your knife, cutting board, frying pan, or oil it’s being deep-fried in. You also need to practice good hand hygiene as you cook and serve the food.

 

Throwing an allergen-free party doesn’t meant that you can’t have a bountiful spread of multiple options. Get creative and stick with organic, whole ingredients as much as possible.

New Year’s Resolution for a Restaurant Manager – 3 Easy, Simple Improvements

 

 

 

According to Restaurant Engine, one of the biggest issues facing a restaurant manager is the hiring and training of staff.

 

ADP estimate that the true cost of hiring and training a new member of staff is $4,129 and takes an average of 42 days to fill an open position.

This means that while the hiring process is important, it’s also really important to have an effective, and succinct onboarding policy.

Always Food Safe have a few helpful tools that could help you as a Manager:

1. Have Fun & Interactive Training for Staff

Marketing Insider Group predicts that 75% of the workforce will be made up of millennials by 2020.

Millennials are known to actively engage far more with video-content, with 87% of all millennials preferring to learn using videos on their cell phone.

Always Food Safe’s training is a modern, alternative for the Millennial generation with our ANSI Accredited training being 100% online, video-based and fun and engaging.

Here is an example of our training for your reference – Watch Our Training Now

2. Continuous Training from a “Great Boss”

Research conducted by Inc. has shown that people leave their job for one main reason: lack of communication with their manager.

All employees want to feel appreciated, and that they are receiving the best training possible.

We understand that training a staff member takes a long time, so we do the work for you!

As an Always Food Safe customer we provide you with training material that will not only improve your staff’s knowledge but also make them feel more appreciated.

Take a look at one of our one-minute training videos.

3. Make Admin Easier for Yourself

We all know that running a restaurant involves a LOT of paperwork, but it does not have to!

Always Food Safe can provide you with a complimentary, management account that stores all certificates in one easy to use area.

Here is an example of what an account would like, it includes:

 

So, to make your life easier in 2020, get in touch today!

Either email help@alwaysfoodsafe.com or give us a call on 844.312.2011

Free Downloads for Your Kitchen

We’re here to help you be Always Food Safe, so take a look at our free downloads, that will help your staff in their everyday jobs.

 

Completing your Food Safety training is a huge step towards being always food safe but we know that always applying your learning in your workplace, is the way that you can play your part in keeping America eating safely.

Below are links to some free downloads that we feel will benefit you and your operation.

 

 

We’re always here to help!

  • Help sheets – download and use regularly
  • Top tips – simple ideas and reminders to be always food safe
  • Useful links – other associations and websites that can also help with great ideas and information

 

Who else can help?

Take a look at these web links and maybe even sign-up to their news alerts
they have some very useful information and services that will also help you to be always food safe.

The Best Ways to Optimize Your Restaurant’s Food Safety Checks

The restaurant industry can be as hot and cold as, well, the restaurant kitchen. There are a lot of moving parts and if one thing derails the whole thing could crash and burn. One thing is certain though, with great restaurant management, that whole crash and burn thing is far less likely! That said, there are a few things you can do to keep your restaurant kitchen running smooth and efficient.

1. Train Properly

A. Map out a detailed training program and use tools that will make things easier for your staff. Often, food safety training takes a trickle-down approach which puts much of the task on busy managers.

B. Always Food Safe provides food safety training and allergen awareness training completely online. It’s easy and affordable! It is a legal requirement across the USA to have at least one staff member Food Manager trained* and on duty at any time in your business. This training gives Managers the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to oversee the safe storage, preparation, and service of food in the workplace.

2. Reduce Food Waste

A. This can be done through proper food labeling and by careful planning. Do your customers often have leftovers? Track your inventory and pay attention to your food costs so you can avoid throwing money away.

3. Manage Labor Costs

A. Labor costs can be crippling to the restaurant industry. With the right tools and proper equipment your labor costs can be reduced and your kitchen even more efficient.

B. Download our helpful PDFs to help keep your restaurant kitchen organized and food safe!