Our Top Two Standards for Chemicals in Your Kitchen

by | Jul 23, 2020

Sanitation and cleaning are on the forefront of everyone’s minds lately.  How do you make sure the staff in your kitchen are cleaning with effective chemicals? What information do you need to know about the chemicals in your house to keep staff and members safe?  Here are our top two chemical standards we recommend implementing into your house to serve as protective measures.

  1. Chemical Test Strips: Test strips can be used to ensure that the chemical levels in dishwashers and sanitizer buckets are at a safe level. 
  • A chlorine sanitizer solution should have 50-100 parts per million (ppm) in 75-100 degree water. Quaternary ammonium sanitizer (multi-quat) should have 200ppm in 75-100 degree Fahrenheit water. For food service sanitation buckets, change the solution/sanitizer every 2-4 hours. Both are effective at destroying viruses if used at that correct ppm. Test strips can be easily obtained through food service vendors or Amazon.  
  1. OSHA – SDS Sheets: Occupational Safety and Health Administration ensures safe and healthy work environments by setting and enforcing standards. Additionally, OSHA provides education, training, and assistance for a workplace.  
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are documents that contain information on the potential hazards (health, fire, reactivity, environmental) that can occur while working with chemicals. Any hazardous situation that can occur with a specific material is outlined in the SDS, reference our link below. For example, some chemicals can cause dangerous reactions when improperly mixed. The SDS sheets will give you information on how to safely mix chemicals and how to mitigate reactions if they occur.   

Click here for more information on OSHA’s Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Click here to see EPA’s approved chemical list.

Hungry for more? Check out our Prevention and Preparedness Guidebook for more reference materials for Fall Opening.