4 Tips for Getting Your Restaurant Back Up and Running

At Alsco, we know that no matter the size of your restaurant, having the right aesthetics is important – and so is making sure you have a safe, hygienic space for your staff and your customers. First impressions are crucial for customers and can make or break whether your customer wants to dine in your restaurant.

We all know that in this ramp up time after restrictions begin to lift, we need to take a careful approach – and laundered linen will definitely set the standard for hygiene and cleanliness in your venue.  But if we look past hygiene, what factors should you consider?

Restaurant Decor

It is important to consider your restaurant’s theme and what artwork and fixtures you consider having around your restaurant when deciding to set up. What kind of experience are you wanting to provide for your customers? Is it a fine dining establishment or a family friendly environment? How hygienic and clean does it feel and look from the moment people walk in?

To create an air of sophistication, you may want to consider simple and elegant tablecloths and napkins, or you may want to experiment with colours if you’re after a more casual look for your restaurant.  And at a time when hygiene will be king, having a fully laundered solution will set you apart, and provide customers with peace of mind.

Seating Arrangements

As the restrictions start to ease, you will need to consider the kind of seating arrangements you plan on having for your restaurant. Long tables that can fit a large group, round tables so everyone can talk with each other or cosy two people tables for date nights – and how much spacing will you need to allow?

Having the right size and type of tablecloths for your tables can be visually appealing, encouraging customers to come into your restaurant. Napkins can be another way to customise your tables and can be used to enhance and compliment your restaurant’s environment – and can also be safely laundered and returned clean and sanitised for use.

Kind Of Food Being Served

Table settings can vary depending on the type of food being served. For example, cutlery and utensils required for an italian restaurant is vastly different to that required for an asian restaurant. If you’re serving indian food, you may want to have some light coloured linen on your tables to enhance the vibrancy of your dishes. Or if you’re serving messier foods such as soup, a dark linen may be more suited to ensure any mess made by customers aren’t emphasised or detracting from the aesthetics.

Restaurant Lighting & Mood

Having the right restaurant lighting can alter the restaurant’s mood immensely. Low lighting provides a more intimate ambience whereas brighter lighting is more compatible with a livelier environment. Choosing a linen set that complements the lighting and environment is vital for enhancing the customer experience.

Don’t compromise on hygiene, safety, and on your dining experience by using inadequate linen for your tablecloths and napkins. At Alsco, we can provide a wide range of table linen (5 times more hygienic than a bare table top) and napkins through our managed rental services. We can tailor our linen to suit your business needs – whether you require different sizes for different tables, or napkins to suit your tables, we can help. With our managed rental service, pay one monthly fee and let us take care of all your table linen needs, including hygienic cleaning, restocking, and delivery.

School Risk Management: Ways to Reduce Classroom-Related Injuries

School Classroom

A large portion of a child’s life is spent in a classroom. Ensuring safe environments for your child to learn and thrive in is crucial. Making a classroom environment inviting and fun can also increase your child’s participation and sense of belonging within an educational environment.

Injuries that occur at school account for around 20% of unintentional injury related emergency department visits, with children aged 10-13 years old having a higher incident rate as compared to any other age group. 

While setting up and creating a fun environment is your primary focus, it is still essential to consider these tips:

Keep exits and floors clear: make sure all exits to the classroom as well as all windows and doors are kept free of clutter and are accessible at all times. 

  • Are passageways between desks clear?
  • Are there any changes in flooring levels that need to be highlighted and corrected?
  • Is there any obstructions around the door that could block the exits

Furniture and Fixtures: ensure bookcases, clocks and shelves are fixed to the walls where possible.

  • Are permanent fixtures (bookcases, shelves) in good condition and mounted to the wall with brackets to avoid the risk of falling objects? 
  •  Is any portable equipment such as TV stands in a stable condition? Are the objects placed on these surfaces also stable?
  • Is the furniture an appropriate size for the space and those who need to access it such as teachers or in some cases, children? 

Electrical Equipment: make sure electrical cords are not present in high traffic areas, including walkways and doorways as these are common tripping hazards. Ensure electrical outlets are not overloaded.

  • Are all trailing cords and wires organised or taped down where possible to prevent hazards?
  • Are all cords and sockets in good condition and working? Have these been appropriately child-proofed or covered to prevent small children from playing with them?

Encourage children to be organised and tidy: encouraging children to tidy up after activities can prevent further injuries and keep a clean and safe space for all to enjoy.

  • Is all equipment (e.g. scissors, hot glue guns) put away after each lesson?
  • Is the equipment being stored in the correct areas and in a safe manner to prevent injury?

Equipment Safety: more than 50% of classroom injuries were related to improper equipment use. Teaching children how to use and handle equipment such as sewing machines, scissors, knives and art tools is therefore crucial.

General Safety: teaching and constantly reiterating general safety to children is imperative. General safety messages could include no running inside, no climbing on inappropriate equipment, no throwing things and being careful around electrical equipment 

Hazardous Materials: ensure any hazardous materials such as cleaning products and chemicals used in science or for general purpose sanitation are clearly labelled and stored out of reach (and preferably out of sight) of the children.

Mitigating classroom risks is an essential part of educational risk management. Although most of the risks can be avoided with careful supervision of the children, practising and educating children around the risks can significantly reduce injuries in the classroom.

When an injury occurs, it is important that first aid kits are easily located and staff are well trained. With Alsco’s first aid kits, schools can pay a monthly fee and Alsco will ensure their first aid kits are always well stocked and replenished, with no extra fees required, even if you use all of the items, so you don’t have to worry about preparing your first aid kit.

In order to provide the right duty of care to the children, staff must be trained in first aid. As a registered training organisation, Alsco can also provide first aid training for your staff and provide a portal where you can keep track of which staff have recently completed training as well as who still requires training. All of these services are provided through our managed training services and email reminders will be sent when retraining is required for continued certification.

Get in touch with us today to get your schools stocked with Alsco’s first aid kits and to pre-register for the next available first aid training course!