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6 Ways Your Commercial Kitchen Could Be Failing to Be Compliant

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a diligent business owner of a successful kitchen (or are aspiring to become one!). In fact, you’re proud of the fact that you’ve always scored so high on the health department inspections. You might think that you’re doing everything possible to remain compliant, but there are actually a few surprises out there that could put your kitchen out of compliance quickly.

Here are 6 ways your kitchen could fall out of compliance with the health department, local sewer code, or other regulations!

Recent Renovations – Have you updated your commercial kitchen lately? Did you add more seating or any additional pieces of equipment? You will need to check that your kitchen is still following the rules. In many places, even renovations that don’t deal with the kitchen whatsoever can trigger changes to mandatory requirements to bring a previously grandfathered-in kitchen up to current compliance.

Changes in Ownership – If your kitchen has been sold recently, you (or the buyer in question) will need to ensure that everything remains compliant. In the same vein as physical renovations to a kitchen or restaurant, the changes in ownership can also trigger requirements to bring the entire facility up to the code that is currently in place.

Additions or Changes to Kitchen Equipment – You might think that updating or replacing old equipment in the back of the house would help make your kitchen more compliant. This, however, isn’t necessarily so. In fact, you could wind up breaking the rules. For instance, adding on an additional sinks to help speed up the dishwashing process might require you to add in an additional grease interceptor, ensuring that you have sufficient grease trap capacity in your kitchen.

Regulation Changes – Any changes in environmental laws, health codes, and sewage regulation can trigger new requirements for your commercial kitchen. As a business owner, you’re way too busy to keep up with all of those changes. Do yourself a favor and check to see if any new rules have been added annually.

Changes to Your Menu or Food Preparation Process – What’s another thing that may trigger additional regulations? Believe it or not, it’s adding new menu items to your inventory. Also, if you’re planning on changing the way you handle and prepare food, you may need some new equipment to meet code requirements for keeping the food hot or cold. Always check with your local officials to ensure that this seemingly simple move won’t create any headaches for you.

Changes In Your Business License – In some places, a change that is made to your business may require you to get a new business license. For example, if you’ve added selling alcohol to your kitchen or have started a takeout option, local regulators may ask you to get a new business license that incorporates those changes.

One of the best ways to ensure that you’re keeping your commercial kitchen compliant is to check with local regulators. Don’t be afraid to reach out and double-check that everything is ship-shape in your kitchen! It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Did you know that Ace Grease Services helps you remain government compliant with compliance reports? When you ask us to get your grease traps cleaned or conduct any other business with us, you won’t just get excellent service, but you will also receive a full-fledged compliance report within 24 hours of service. Call us at 1-800-473-2733 or learn more about us online at www.acegrease.com!

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