The Stress of Inspection Day
It’s always a bit hectic when the health department comes around.
The rules tighten up, managers are on top of every task, and employees are suddenly on their best behavior.
Is the health inspector some amazing wizard of accountability?
It’s simply the stress of knowing that the entire business is on the line.
While customers may not see it, the back of house feels anxious, realizing there’s more that could be done to keep the restaurant compliant.
This can cause unwanted (and unnecessary) stress for employees, owners, and managers.
Luckily, there are steps you can take that make it easier come inspection day.
If you haven’t heard of digital food safety (DFS), consider this the perfect crash course.
Here are three easy ways to ease the pain of health department inspections using digital food safety.
Monitor Your Walk-In 24/7
Health inspectors are big on holding temperatures.
When it comes to cold holding, your walk-in freezers and coolers are the health inspector’s main concern.
Because your walk in holds the majority of your product at any given time, a clean, accurate record of its internal temperature is absolutely critical.
Restaurant best practices now recommend wireless temperature sensors to monitor your walk in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Temperature sensors do more than make it easy for the health inspector to review your past temperatures.
Paired with a digital food safety platform like Jolt, wireless temperature sensors will send notifications straight to your phone (or your manager’s phone) when temperatures fall out of range.
Not only will this free up your team from jotting down temperatures, but sensors will keep an eye on your product all day and night.
For that reason, wireless temperature sensors are quickly changing expectations for cold holding in the restaurant industry and beyond.
An example of temperature sensors with notifications in Jolt.
Adopt Touch-to-print Food and Date Labeling
If you’ve worked in a restaurant, you know one of the most tedious back of house tasks is labeling.
Handwriting labels can take hours, especially if you’ve only got one employee making sure it’s done. (Even then, you’re relying on an employee's handwriting.)
That’s why you’ll rarely see a Chick-fil-A employee handwriting a food or date label.
Chick-fil-A knows what many smaller restaurants don’t: digitizing food safety processes makes them faster.
Nearly all Chick-fil-A franchises have adopted touch-to-print labeling with Jolt, turning a previously tedious BOH task into a fast, and easily accomplished action.
Pairing your label printer with digital food safety software means you’ll improve both the speed and accuracy of your date code labeling.
Digital food safety labeling will soon become industry-wide best practice, but for now, it’s a serious competitive advantage in the restaurant marketplace.
Digital Temperature Logs: The BIG Advantage
Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in QSR market is digital temperature logs.
Most major restaurant concepts have already adopted digital temperature logging as a food safety measure, and are leveraging it as a competitive edge.
In short, digital temperature logs move you from writing temperatures on paper, to instantly recording them inside a DFS software solution.
This means no fibbing, fudging, or skimping out on temp logs.
Moving from paper to digital temperature logging will not only improve efficiency and accountability around these critical food safety tasks, it will provide 100% accuracy and manager visibility.
Managers and owners will immediately be able to view a record of their temperature logs, and so will the health inspector when she visits.
This keeps your customers safe, and ensures you’re compliant every day, ready to pass inspections with ease.
If there’s one major upgrade to make to your food safety practices, it’s digital temperature logging with Jolt.
With Jolt digital food safety, you’ll have confidence that fresh, hot food is coming out of your kitchen every day (and so will the health inspector).
Achieving Digital Food Safety Compliance
Making the switch from paper to digital food safety is a serious competitive advantage, and the easiest way to reduce stress around restaurant health inspections.
As a manager or owner, you’ll have complete visibility of food safety practices—even when you’re not in the store—and you’ll be able to share that visibility with the health inspector.
If you’re still using paper to record temperature logs and food safety practices, consider taking the step of adopting digital food safety in your restaurant.
You’ll join thousands of top-performing stores by using a more comprehensive, accurate, and efficient digital food safety system.
If you’d like to see exactly how digital food safety would function in your store, request a demo of Jolt here.
We’ll walk you through the 7 Pillars of Restaurant Success to see exactly how we can improve revenue per store, return on investment, and long-term growth.