Health inspection basics

The FDA Food Code outlines specific rules on which state and county health departments model their retail food regulations.

Cooking equipment safety

A busy kitchen can be a dangerous place with many hazards, including sharp edges, heat and open flames, oils and acids, and a fast paced working environment.

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Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)

Employers are legally obligated to provide a safe workplace per Cal/ OSHA Act of 1973.

Commercial fryer hazards

Whether preparing traditional items like French fries and fried chicken, or novelty foods like fried ice cream, commercial fryers are essential pieces of equipment in many restaurants.

Things health inspectors look for

Some of the things an inspector will scrutinize when examining your restaurant.

Safe ice handling

Ice that is served to customers is considered food and needs to be treated like any other food product. This includes proper ice machine care, ice handling and old ice disposal.

Five types of business insurance you should consider in addition to workers compensation

There are many different kinds of business insurance coverages, and the cost and amount of coverage of policies vary among insurers. Contact a Markel Specialty agent to discuss your needs today.

Obey traffic rules and use common sense

When it comes to defensive driving, obeying traffic rules and using common sense are essential.

How long do smoke detectors last?

Next time you change the battery in your smoke detectors, be sure to check its age, as well. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, most alarms have a life span of 8-10 years.