General Employer Responsibilities

General Employer Responsibilities

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) imposes a number of general requirements upon restaurant employers regarding basic safety and sanitation. OSHA generally requires that restaurant employers:

  • Keep the workplace clean, orderly, and in a sanitary condition.
  • Keep all floors clean and dry. Wet surfaces, in addition to being slip hazards, can promote the growth of mold, fungi, and bacteria that can cause infections.
  • Keep aisles and passageways in good repair, with no obstruction across or in aisles that could create a hazard. For example, provide floor plugs for equipment, so that power cords need not run across pathways.
  • Provide warning signs for wet floor areas.
  • Keep exits free from obstruction. Access to exits must remain clear of obstruction at all times.

OSHA also recommends that restaurant employers implement the following additional safety practices. These practices regarding floor surfaces, illumination, and passageways include the following:

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