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A Cafe Owner's Guide to Health & Safety Regulations

  • Written by Rain Check

If you're the proud owner of a cafe, then you already know there are a lot of health and safety regulations to navigate. From food handling to employee training and even the milk fridge for coffee machine use, there's plenty to keep track of. But don't worry, we're here to help - in this blog post, we'll give you a detailed guide to navigating health and safety regulations in your cafe.

Familiarise yourself 

The first step is to become familiar with the relevant health and safety regulations. Depending on your location, these may be different, but in general there are three main types of regulations that you need to be aware of - food handling, employee training, and workplace safety.

Food handling

When it comes to food handling, there are a few key things that you need to do in order to ensure that your food is safe for consumption.

  • First, you need to make sure that all your food is properly labelled. This includes listing any allergens that may be present in the food.
  • Second, you need to make sure that all of your food is properly cooked, which means cooking meat and poultry to the correct temperature, as well as washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
  • And finally, you need to make sure that all your food is stored correctly. This means keeping food at the correct temperature and using proper storage containers.

Employee training 

When it comes to employee training, there are a few key things that you need to do in order to ensure that your employees are properly trained.

  • First, you need to provide them with the necessary training materials, such as a manual or an online course.
  • Second, you’ll need to ensure they have ample opportunities to ask questions and get clarification on anything they don't understand.
  • Third, you must provide them with ongoing training on new procedures or changes in the law.

Workplace safety 

Last but not least, there are a few key things you can do to enjoy full peace of mind that your workplace is safe for everyone.

  • First, conduct a risk assessment of your workplace, as this will help you identify any potential hazards.
  • Second, you need to put in place appropriate control measures - this may include installing safety equipment or implementing new policies and procedures.
  • Third, make sure you provide employees with regular training on how to stay safe at work.

Ready to get started?

By following these steps, you’ll easily be able to comply with the necessary health and safety regulations for your cafe. Just remember to familiarise yourself with the relevant regulations, train your employees, and conduct regular risk assessments. By taking these precautions, you can create a safe environment for both your employees and customers. Good luck!

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