Scooping ice sounds like an easy task, but there are important behaviors to follow to keep ice safe and healthy for customers. First, be sure to use an ice scoop that is approved by the local health inspector. Usually, metal ice scoops are not considered safe enough. Also be sure to have a holder to store your scoop out of the ice bin. Ice handling is serious business in the food service industry. Because ice can easily pick up bacteria or other germs, it is essential to use the proper scoops and holders when scooping ice. You can choose whatever size you like, but be sure to make your local health codes the top priority. If they require a plastic Saf-T-Scoop, make sure you look for the San Jamar brand. If you are instructed to use only a stainless steep scoop, be sure you avoid aluminum look-alikes.
Finally, make sure you store the scoop outside of the ice bin. If bartenders or employees are constantly reaching their hands into the ice, there is a greater likelihood that germs or bacteria will transfer, invisibly contaminating the ice. Instead, attach an ice scoop holder to the wall or to the side of the ice bin. This gives the ice scoop a place to rest and stay safely away from the potential of contaminating your ice.