List: A Free Sample Health Inspection Checklist for Restaurants

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List: A Free Sample Health Inspection Checklist for Restaurants

  • All food handlers must wash hands thoroughly before and after handling food.
  • Avoid the Danger Zone. Keep cold food COLD (below 4°C/40°F) and hot food HOT (above 60°C/140°F) and keep frozen below -18°C/0°F.
  • Check for evidence of infestation such as live/dead pests, droppings, nesting sites. Ensure to cover any openings to prevent pests from entering.
  • Check refrigerators and freezers to ensure they have indicating thermometers and in compliance with temperature requirements.
  • Check to ensure food service staff have received food handler training & certified through a Food Safety Certification Course (like ServSafe) as per local health department’s requirement. Re-fresh food handlers regularly with the knowledge of safe food handling practices
  • Clean and sanitize with soap and water followed by a solution of approved sanitizer.
  • Cook all hazardous food such as meat to a safe internal temperature, use a probe thermometer.
  • Cover food with lids or wrap and use utensils to reduce direct hand contact with prepared food.
  • Discard cracked utensils such as cutting boards or deeply grooved food contact surfaces.
  • Eliminate any food or water sources for pests.
  • Empty and clean ice bin regularly. Twice a year, ice machine (inner-workings) must be professionally sanitized. (Note: A service like Easy Ice subscription provides your restaurant with an ice machine and includes professional deep-cleanings 2x year)
  • Ensure the mechanical dishwasher and other equipment in good working condition.
  • Keep all food contact surfaces clean and in good condition.
  • Keep all food items off the floor and store on shelves, racks or pallets.
  • Keep floors, walls and ceilings clean and in good repair and to ensure all surfaces are smooth, non-absorbent and easy to clean.
  • Keep records of food safety inspection reports by health inspectors and self-inspection reports, pest control schedules and service provided equipment repair and maintenance records. Review records with managers regularly as part of the quality assurance program. Note: If you subscribe to an ice machine from Easy Ice, they keep and maintain all records regarding the ice machine for you (maintenance, when water filters were last changed, repairs, etc..). Time and hassle saver!
  • Keep washrooms, toilets and change rooms clean at all times.
  • Label chemicals and pesticides and store them away from food and the food preparation area.
  • Obtain a contract with a licensed pest control operator to provide regular pest control services.
  • Provide hot/cold running water, soap in a dispenser and a supply of paper towels at all hand wash basins. Ensure these basins only for hand washing and not for other purposes such as food preparation or dishwashing.
  • Provide: Toilet paper, garbage container, a constant supply of hot/cold running water, soap in a dispenser and a supply of paper towels or a hot air dryer at the hand wash basin.
  • Remove solid and liquid waste from the food preparation area on a daily basis, or more often if necessary and store waste in a sanitary manner.
  • Store cooked and ready-to-eat food items on shelves above raw food.
  • Use clean safe water for making drinks, ice and preparing food.
  • Wash all utensils, dishes and equipment either by hand, using the two or three sink method (wash-rinse-sanitize) or in a mechanical dishwasher as required.
  • Waste receptacles must be leak-proof, pest-proof, non-absorbent and have tight-fitting lids.
  • Wear clean outer garments and hair constraints
A Free Sample Health Inspection Checklist for Restaurants
Scott Adkins
Scott Adkins
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