It’s commonly understood that restaurant owners and management staff are very busy. From the day-to-day details to larger concerns about staying relevant and responding to changing demographics, they have their plates full. (Pun intended!) It can be a volatile and stressful industry; there are a lot of aspects that go into opening and maintaining a successful restaurant. But as an owner or manager, one of your biggest priorities should be your staff. They are your biggest asset. You can have a great menu, but without the staff to run your restaurant, it won’t matter.
The importance of staff safety
Your staff’s well-being and safety should be critically important to you. Of course, it’s also the law for employers to provide a safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists “color codes, posters, labels or signs to warn employees of potential hazards” as a key employer responsibility. Ensuring safety in the back of the house not only improves working conditions, it can also create a more efficient kitchen.
Reduce risk with restaurant posters
Safety notices aren’t just about keeping your staff safe, they can also be used to protect your patrons – and, by default, your restaurant’s reputation. To reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses, educate your staff about improper food storage and healthy habits. According to Learn2Serve, risk-reduction signage that is “easy to understand, informative, attention-grabbing and memorable” will reinforce training sessions. It may sound basic, but it works! ServSafe offers some downloadable restaurant posters on the resources page of their website, which you can print off. Alternately, you can create your own posters with catchy lines and funny images to mix things up!
Here are a few more signage ideas:
- Food safety posters
- Handwashing station reminders
- Opening/closing procedures
- Instructions on how to safely operate an appliance
Find a suitable material for the kitchen
Restaurant posters or signs on standard paper aren’t going to hold up long in a busy kitchen. That environment can be pretty extreme for basic signage. We’re talking temperature fluctuations, moisture, grease and splashes galore! Using a waterproof, tear-proof paper eliminates the need to laminate standard paper, which reduces cost, time and annoyance.
REVLAR waterproof paper is a great option for restaurant kitchens. It is safe to use in direct or indirect contact with food and you can use your own dry toner laser printer! You can also find it in eye-catching vibrant colors. Try out waterproof paper for yourself! Click here or on the button below to request free samples.