Sinks are a requirement in any foodservice establishment. From washing dishes to sanitizing hands, they cover a multitude of uses aimed at making the restaurant a safe place to work and eat. Designers are tasked with purchasing sinks that are pragmatic and that mesh with the interior of the kitchen, and the selection to choose from is wide and varied. In fact, small differences in the design of a sink can make a huge difference in the scheme of your kitchen. When it comes to square utility sinks and NSF-rated sinks, the differences can be stark.
So what exactly does it mean to be NSF-rated? NSF stands for National Sanitation Foundation, and the requirements for their rating approval are designed for safe, sanitary conditions. For stainless steel sinks, the construction of an NSF-Certified sink means that the INTERIOR corners of the bowl are rounded to allow thorough removal of all bacteria when cleaning and there is also a tapering of the bottom of the sink TOWARDS the drain.
The NSF rating means that everything from the product design to materials used to create the product have been tested and conform to food equipment safety and sanitation standards. Products undergo a rigorous inspection in three key areas:
Product Design. The product is physically evaluated to assure that it meets proposed specifications.
Material Review. Toxicologists inspect the manufacturing materials to assure that they are safe for use in commercial kitchens. Materials used must also be corrosion resistant.
Cleaning Ease. The product is tested to assure that it is easy to clean and sanitize.
A Non-NSF sink will have square corners with a flat bottom. In most construction of Non-NSF sinks you WILL be able to see weld-beads in the bowls interior corner joints. These sinks are primarily used as utility sinks, laundry sinks or “slop” sinks. Choosing the right type of sink for your application depends on its intended use, and opting for a non-NSF sink should only occur when the sink’s intention is not directly related with the food you plan to serve.
It’s better to play it safe and work with a trained professional to get the correct sinks from the get-go! I’m here to help, and I’d love to overview your restaurant’s needs to select the appropriate sink types for your needs.
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