Restaurant Sneeze Guard Key Terms

Business.com / Business Solutions / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Any restaurant that is going to offer food to the public buffet-style needs to think about using sneeze guards. Sneeze guards are the ...

Any restaurant that is going to offer food to the public buffet-style needs to think about using sneeze guards. Sneeze guards are the simple (or sophisticated), clear surfaces that sit between customers and the food they are ladling onto their plates. It's not just a trend in business; these days, the government has made some sneeze guards mandatory for some food service installations. Business leaders can learn about basic key terms for using sneeze guards and getting them integrated into a restaurant startup plan.

HACCP

HACCP, or Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points, is familiar to many within the food service industry. This set of federal standards applies to any food service business, and includes guidelines for using sneeze guards.

FDA regulations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration includes sneeze guards in its regulatory standards for food service businesses. The FDA regulations include making businesses label where they will include sneeze guards in a restaurant or other business.
FDA Food Establishment Plan Review Guide.

Sneeze guard kits

Some companies offer modular sneeze guard kits, sometimes called "custom sneeze guard" units, for outfitting a buffet or salad bar that may change with time. Sneeze guard kits can also help when buffet or salad bar sizes may be slightly irregular.

Acrylic guards

Many of the top-selling sneeze guard models come in acrylics. These high-density plastics have some benefits over glass, including portability and durability.

Elevator set

The elevator set is a simple piece (usually metal) that allows for space between the sneeze guard and a table top or other surface. This is just one of several sneeze guard items that can help to customize the setup of an existing salad bar or buffet area.

Lexan

Lexan is another sneeze guard material choice. Lexan is a polycarbonate sheet that provides durability in all kinds of installations.

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