Making Your Restaurant a Safe Place to Work In

Kevin Schmidt, LPC
2 min readMar 13, 2021


Photo by Nick Karvounis on Unsplash

Your employees are parts of the mechanisms that make your business churn and move to a certain direction, while your funding is the fuel that keeps the components well-supplied with the energy needed to get going. As such, the welfare of your staff should be given importance in pretty much the same degree as the revenues. Indeed, the kind of people you have and their productivity makes or breaks your enterprise.

Running or planning to put up a restaurant business requires you to put more premiums on service and product quality and foster this belief even before you open your doors to your customers. According to the Foods Standards Agency, you should “get things right at the start because it will make it much easier for you to run your business well in the future.” Registering your company is one of those tasks you should accomplish as you begin your venture.

Coming up with a suitable restaurant design is another. This latter process is vital since the kind of layout you have can influence client satisfaction and worker productivity and safety. Compromising your employees’ well-being may cost you a considerable amount of money in injury claims, damages or labor settlements, which is why you should do what you can to minimize or eliminate such possibilities.

  • The kind of flooring used must be accident-proof, especially in the kitchen area, which is a critical portion of your restaurant. Opt for matte tiles or those that give good traction. Post signage that advise or remind the use of footwear that have good grips and amply protects the staff’s feet from various hazards like hot liquids and surfaces.
  • The aisles and entryways of your business establishment should be spacious and give enough clearance for servers handling trays of food passing through them.
  • The placement of the sinks and equipment should be designed in a way that makes it easier for kitchen-bound employees to work around efficiently, and limits traffic of one section within their area. Lighting should be adequate and ventilation superb.
  • There should be no blind corners in your business establishment so as to avoid accidental collisions, especially since many of your people will be handling food on trays or in some other containers.
  • The staff area should be adequate in size and comfortable enough for them to rest in. The hustle and bustle of restaurant operations can be stressful and so you should provide a space for your people to recharge however short their breaks.
  • Your premises should also fulfil the fire safety requirements set by the governing agencies. Ensure there are adequate numbers of extinguishers strategically placed throughout the facility.



Kevin Schmidt, LPC

Kevin Schmidt is a passionate safety professional, who strives to end all workplace injuries.