Start Up: Avoiding a Bad Health Inspection

The easiest way to avoid a bad health inspection at your restaurant is to just straight up do the right thing. Clean your restaurant properly and store your food properly and you’ll be set. This is the simplest and most cost effective way to avoid sweating an inspection.

When you’re first opening your restaurant, invite your local health department in for an initial inspection before you even open your doors to the public. This is how you can avoid a fine. If you’re already open and a health inspector finds violations, you’re going to get fined. Think of this initial inspection as a practice run. Also, if the health department find violations at your restaurant after you’re already opened, they’re going to be a lot tougher on you down the road.

To be extra careful, you can even hire a health department consultant. Commonly, these consultants were once health inspectors themselves, so they know exactly what to look for and you’ll get your money’s worth from their consultation. They can even come in and train your managers, making it easier for your other staff to be trained. The consultant can even conduct mock inspections after you’ve opened your doors to help you prepare for real ones.

If you ever do receive a negative inspection, you’ll be given a hearing date with the citation. This hearing will allow you to dispute the negative results if you feel they were given to you unfairly. At the hearing, remember to wear clean socks and be prepared to coherently explain your case.

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