Food Premises Self Inspection Checklist

This Food Premises Self Inspection Checklist ensures food safety through checks of food practices, personnel, equipment used, and the external environment.​

Food Premises Self Inspection Checklist



Food

1. Is food purchased from an approved source (licensed by the country, state, or federal government)?


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2. Is food inspected and found to be free from contamination, adulteration, and spoilage?


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3. Are unpackaged foods which have been served or returned from the dining area discarded?


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4. Are all foods stored a minimum of 6” off the floor?


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5. Are restrooms not used for the storage of food, equipment, or supplies?


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6. Are all paper products stored in a manner so as to protect them from contamination?


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7. Are food and food-related products being protected from dirt, unnecessary handling, overhead leakage, and other forms of contamination?


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8. Do all food storage containers have tight-fitting lids and are properly labeled?


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9. Are foods dispensed in the self-serve area in an approved manner?


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10. Is the use of sulfites restricted?


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11. Are food products labeled in an approved manner?


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12. Are food products with an alcohol content exceeding .5% properly labeled?


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Temperature Control

1. Are potentially hazardous foods maintained below 4oF or above 135oF at all times?


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2. Is a thermometer, accurate to + or -2oF, provided either as an integral part of the refrigerator and freezer (dial outside), or is located inside each unit at its warmest point?


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3. Are thermometers readily visible?


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4. Is an accurate metal probe thermometer, suitable for measuring food temperatures, readily available and used to check food temperatures daily?


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5. Are food products thawed in one of the following methods only: a) in refrigeration units, b) under cold running, potable water of sufficient velocity to flush loose food particles, c) in a microwave oven, d) as part of the cooking process?


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6. Is frozen food maintained in a frozen state?


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7. Are thawed food items not refrozen? Cooked or processed foods may be refrozen.


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Personnel

1. On or before January 1, 2000, did each food facility have an owner or employee who successfully passed an approved and accredited food safety certification examination?


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2. Have all employees handling food or utensils obtained their Food Worker's Certification?


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3. Do employees wash their hands with soap and warm water for the following reasons: a) before starting work b) immediately after using the bathroom c) any time needed to prevent food contamination?


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4. Do employees handling food or utensils have no open sores?


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5. Are employees wearing clean outer garments?


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6. Are tongs or other implements used for serving food products?


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7. Is the hair of employees properly confined?


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8. Do employees not smoke or use tobacco inside the facility?


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9. Are clothing and personal effects stored away from food products in a proper manner?


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Water And Sewage

1. Are all sinks fully operable with hot and cold water at each faucet?


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2. Do all sinks drain properly? Are floor drains and floor sinks in good working order?


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3. Is the plumbing in good repair?


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Equipment

1. Is all equipment (i.e. stoves, grills, refrigerators, tables, sinks, etc.) clean and well maintained?


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2. Has inoperable equipment been repaired or replaced (removed from the facility)?


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3. Is equipment NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) or equivalent?


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4. Has any equipment been replaced, moved, or added without prior approval from the local environmental health department?


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Utensils

1. Are multiservice utensils being washed by one of the following means only: a) hand washing in a three-compartment sink (wash, rinse, sanitize), b) chemical sanitizing (dish machine) conforming to NSF standards, c) dishwasher rinse water reaches at least 180O F for 30 seconds?


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2. Are testing materials to adequately test sanitizing methods readily available?


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3. Are all utensils clean and well-maintained?


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4. Have damaged or unapproved utensils been repaired or replaced?


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5. Are utensils properly protected during storage?


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6. Ventilation is provided in each restroom and is in proper working order.


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Floors / Walls / Ceilings

1. Are floors clean, well-maintained, and in good repair?


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2. Are walls, ceilings, and windows clean, well-maintained, and in good repair?


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Toilet/ Dressing Room / Handwashing Sinks

1. Are toilet facilities clean, well-maintained, and in good working order?


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2. Do self‐closing doors in the toilet and dressing rooms work properly?


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3. Are single-service soap and towel dispensers above all handwash sinks operable and full?


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4. Are toilet tissue dispensers full?


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5. Are legible handwashing signs properly posted?


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6. Is ventilation provided in each restroom and in proper working order?


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Light And Ventilation

1. Is adequate lighting and ventilation provided throughout the facility?


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2. Are exhaust ventilation filters clean and well-maintained?


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3. Do light fixtures have approved safety covers?


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Pest Control

1. Is the facility free from insect and rodent infestations?


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2. Are live animals, birds, or fowl not located in the facility?


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3. Do outside doors and screen doors self‐close, and are closures in working order?


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4. Are air curtains operating properly?


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Refuse

1. Are trash containers lined with disposable plastic bags at all times?


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2. Are plastic bags tied before placing in refuse containers?


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3. Are outside trash bin lids closed?


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4. Is the outside premise and refuse areas clean and well-maintained?


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Operation

1. Are hazardous substances (examples: chemicals, cleaning supplies, etc.) properly labeled and stored away from food products?


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2. Are there no living quarters within the facility?


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3. Are no smoking and first aid signs (choking) properly posted?


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4. Are cleaning equipment and soiled linens properly stored?


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5. Are returned, damaged, or unlabeled food products properly stored?


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6. Does the facility have a current Environmental Health Permit to operate?


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