Follow this food safety checklist guide and make sure your business is compliant. You’ll be getting that five-star hygiene rating in no time.
A food safety checklist is a powerful tool used to reinforce good hygiene practices and to help you comply with food quality standards.
Performing regular food safety inspections can prevent accidents, protect you from legal action, and of course, prepare you for EHO inspections.
Environmental Health Officers measure the following:
With that in mind, your food safety checklist needs to cover:
And more… Check out our list of food safety checklists here.
Even though there are regulations in place to prevent incidents, food contamination causes 420,000 deaths globally every year.
Carrying out regular food hygiene inspections can help you identify food safety risks, so you can take action and prevent any serious health problems. This not only protects your team and customers, but it also protects your business from any lawsuits (and headaches).
Incorporating food safety checks into your day-to-day operations can also encourage staff to form good working habits. Using a digital checklist system like Trail prompts the right person to complete their tasks at the right time, so compliance becomes second nature for staff.
The following factors cause food contamination:
Poor hygiene – if food handlers have bad personal hygiene, don’t wash their hands, or wear inappropriate clothing, they can contaminate the food.
Unsanitised facilities and equipment – unclean chopping boards, utensils, or surfaces can infect food.
Poor food handling – using low-quality food, storing food inappropriately or using the wrong cooking methods, can all impact food safety.
Bad food safety management and documentation – if businesses don’t have a robust food safety management system in place, they are more likely to make errors and have food-related incidents.
All of the above can be quite hard to remember. We get it.
Trail takes the guesswork (and the paperwork) out of your food safety. Our digital checklists help you manage risk, save time, and drive a culture of safety. So you can rest easy knowing teams are fit for work and food is being stored, handled and prepared correctly.
Streamline food safety practices – Checklists are woven into your team’s working day alongside other tasks. Everyone knows what to do and when to do it. Food safety becomes a habit.
All-in-one app – No more trawling through binders. No more time wasted on repetitive paper checklists. Just simple bite-sized tasks, all in one place.
Avoid incidents – Trail alerts your teams to take corrective action as soon as a problem is detected. Plus you can record evidence that the problem has been fixed, protecting your business against lawsuits.
Performance visibility – Get insights on your productivity, compliance and more. Dashboards and daily reports highlight issues, so they can be resolved quickly without the need for time-consuming and expensive audits.