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Howard Cannon Books

Howard Cannon is the author of several books, including Restaurant OSHA Safety and Security© (2016) – The Book of Restaurant Industry Standards & Best Practices; and, the bestselling The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting Your Own Restaurant© (2001) and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting a Restaurant©—second edition (2005), published and distributed in bookstores in dozens of countries around the globe.

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Restaurant OSHA Safety and Security

The Book of Restaurant Industry Standards & Best Practices


No one heads to work at the restaurant down the street expecting to get maimed by a piece of kitchen equipment. No one takes family and friends out for dinner planning to spend the night in the emergency room waiting to hear whether the surgeon can reattach their child's fingers. And, no one goes to any restaurant expecting to Eat Lunch and Die!


“As a trial lawyer, I am always looking to see if those involved in the lawsuit have followed the simple safety rules that are reasonable and customary for the industry to make us all safer. This book is chock-full of rules that are not only good business but are designed to ensure the safety and health of all restaurant customers and employees.” - Randy Edwards, Trial Attorney



To be an Instructor for us, you must become an expert with our curriculum and at engaging and training students. This comprehensive course will do that. Upon completion, you can teach Live Restaurant OSHA Classes and offer safety and risk management consulting services, if you so desire.

1. Download Instructor Flyer

2. Watch Video

3. Enroll in Course


“Can't wait to start instructing! I learned so much about how OSHA applies to restaurants (which I hate to say I didn't know) and ways to help keep safety and security a priority! I followed the steps to success and feel like I came out ahead because the courses and information and are so easy to take in and understand. I'm already chomping at the bit to add this (what I believe should be required) training to my consulting work. I think my clients are going to love it!” - Cris Wallace

Designed to give Restaurant Managers, Executives, Owners and vendors the training, testing, awareness and confidence they need to be in compliance, reduce risk, prevent incidents, recognize and resolve hazards and train employees for ANY restaurant in America.


“Right on target! Excellent!!! Very detailed, navigational ease and easily access material referencing.” - Alena Yuen


Designed to give employees in any restaurant anywhere in America the training, testing, awareness and confidence they need to be in compliance, able to recognize and resolve hazards and work safely. Comprehensive. Convenient. Affordable. For every restaurant employee.


“I love the title and the Rhino! Just wanted to throw out some kudos to all of you involved in this project you have out did yourself on a not so exciting topic and kept me engaged…I have been through many training programs over the years and I would put this at the top of the list by far on so many different levels….. All I can say is WOW, Amazing pat each other on the back...” - Veronica Western

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting Your Own Restaurant

First Edition


“Beginning Source Book. I found the book to be easy reading and packed with useful information. It's a great book to read, for those who dream of owning and operating their own restaurant.” - Diane Rodgers

The Complete Idiot's Guide Starting a Restaurant

Second Editon

The recipe for a successful restaurant now revised. In this revised edition, aspiring restaurateurs will find everything they need to know to open a successful restaurant, including choosing a concept and location, creating a business plan, finding the cash, and much more. New content includes information on tips, tip-outs, and reporting for the entire staff, choosing the best POS system, setting up a bar and managing the wine list, and making the bottom line look good long-term.


“If you want to know how the restaurant business works, read it. I bought this book for some people who bought a restaurant, but who knew nothing about the restaurant business. I read through the book and found there to be a wealth of information contained therein. Unfortunately, in the case of the people I bought it for, "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." Don't be an onion head, read the book!” - Tony Caravan

Maimed in Restaurants - Coming Soon!

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