There is no question that manual food safety oversight will soon be a thing of the past. New technologies help restaurant owners have more insight into the management and safety of staff, guests, and the food being prepared. More insight can quickly translate to better oversight, allowing relatively simple problems to be avoided. Here are some of the most common problems that are avoided with digital checklists and temperature solutions.
1. Inaccurate Checklist Data
Manual data entry provides multiple opportunities for data to be captured inaccurately. Here’s some examples. With handwritten checklists, employee handwriting may be difficult to read. Other times, employees may misunderstand what data they’re recording. Fortunately, digital checklists take many subjective elements out of the equation, making for more reliable responses.
2. Improper Task Completion
Another benefit of digital checklists is their ability to provide employees with instructions regarding how to complete specific tasks or to automatically provide feedback when data appears to be incorrect. For each task, instructions in the form of words, pictures, and videos can be accessed with the touch of a button. If an employee is ever unsure how to do something, they can refer back to the checklist for reassurance instead of relying on guesswork.
3. Difficulty Comparing Data
Comparing large amounts manually recorded data can be difficult, time consuming, and prone to mistakes. Digital checklists store your data in a manageable, easy to read format so you can spend less time organizing and more time analyzing your data to find solutions that improve your business.
4. Pencil Whipping
Pencil whipping occurs when an employee ‘fakes’ a checklist by filling out inaccurate information. Especially with temperature recording sheets, this can be easy for employees because they know in what range a food is considered to be safe. Digital temperature solutions prevent this from occurring by time stamping when responses are made and identifying who completes the list, for more accountability.
5. Allowing Food Waste
Even the most minor deviancies in food storage and preparation temperatures can threaten to cause foodborne illness, and every restaurant owner knows that no risk is too small when it comes to the safety of their clientele. When a food’s safety is questioned, it often leads to food waste. Automated temperature solutions give you peace of mind, knowing you’ll always be notified if your food’s temperature is at risk of going out of range, so you can quickly find a solution before the food goes to waste.
6. Asking the wrong follow-up questions
When recording temperature manually, your employees may not realize how to handle a problem before it’s too late. Automated temperature solutions can ask specific follow-up questions when a temperature is out of range, so your employees and you can act quickly to prevent food waste, foodborne illness, and a damaged reputation.