Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance — Accommodate your employees, and expand your opportunities

Restaurant Technologies' Total Oil Management program increases your restaurant's and kitchen's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. By removing the physical barriers related to fryer oil management, you are making it accessible to employees with physical or mental disabilities that otherwise would not be able to safely operate the fryer. Ensure your elderly, disabled, pregnant and able-bodied employees no longer have to manually handle dangerous and heavy cooking oil. Total Oil Management automates the process with filtering insights, process improvements, and more. Safety, Accessibility, Quality, Consistency, Sustainability, and Efficiency — All with the flip of a switch.


Enhance your kitchen's opportunities by removing barriers and implementing accessible, reasonable ADA accommodations

Total Oil Management improves food quality, consistency, and taste. It can also extend the usable lifespan of your cooking oil, reduce your environmental impact, provide measurable metrics to manage your oil consumption, improve kitchen safety, and expand your kitchen's accessibility for disabled and elderly employees. Here are just a few measurable accessibility benefits to implementing an automated oil management program:

  • Improve your equipment access and accessibility for persons with disabilities, elderly employees, or employees with physical limitations. (Limit the need for your employees to be required to lift heavy jibs of oil and, more importantly, remove the need for carrying or lifting heavy stock pots or buckets of hot, used grease and oil.)
  • Reduce Workers' Compensation claims by removing some of the most dangerous work tasks associated with working in a commercial kitchen.
  • Mitigate the risk of slips and falls - removing manual handling of oil decreases spills and splashes of cooking oil. Improving your kitchen's safety improves the work environment for all employees equally.
  • Increase access to qualified employees by making the fryer an accessible work station for persons with disabilities or physical limitations. Tap into one of the greatest talent pools while enriching your kitchen's diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Tax incentives may be available. The IRS offers a Disabled Access Credit for reasonable accommodations up to $5,000/YEAR for qualified establishments. Ask your tax professional for more information or refer to the IRS page: IRS WEBSITE with questions regarding the Disabled Access Credit.
  • State, municipal, and other federal tax incentives may be available. For further information contact a tax professional or your local ADA compliance tax assistance offices.

From an employer's perspective, increased accessibility, fewer injuries and mitigated risks translate to better peace of mind and a better overall work environment.

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Most kitchens may unknowingly be limiting accessibility in the BOH to persons with disabilities and elderly employees

Traditional fryer setups commonly hinder the ability for persons with disabilities to fully operate. Providing accessible workstations is one way to help improve the overall accessibility of your kitchen and remain compliant with ADA requirements. Employers benefit by employing a diverse workforce and by providing opportunities for persons with disabilities, elderly employees and team members with physical limitations. With Total Oil Management, all of your employees will be able to add, filter, and dispose of cooking oil. No more need for limiting your workforce opportunities and accessibility while doing away with outdated oil management practices. Remove the need to lift heavy oil jibs, and the practices of employees handling hot oil in and outside of your facility.
With Total Oil Management - Elderly team members and employees with disabilities will be able to:

  • Perform normal cooking oil management operations
  • Add new, fresh cooking oil to the fryer vats
  • Add fresh cooking oil into the fryer
  • Filter cooking oil as necessary
  • Properly dispose of used cooking oil
  • and more.

Give employees with physical limitations, disabilities, or impairments a chance and the ability to perform the same tasks as their colleagues. When you reduce risk and improve accessibility, you gain peace of mind. Know that your operations are safer & smarter all with the flip of a switch.

Tax credits may be available*

Businesses accommodating people with disabilities may qualify for some of the following tax credits and deductions. More detailed information may be found in the IRS publications. We recommend consulting with a tax professional for further assistance, eligibility, and availability.

Disabled Access Credit
The Disabled Access Credit provides a non-refundable credit for small businesses that incur expenditures for the purpose of providing access to persons with disabilities. An eligible small business is one that earned $1 million or less or had no more than 30 full-time employees in the previous year; they may take the credit each and every year they incur access expenditures. Refer to Form 8826, Disabled Access Credit (PDF), for information about eligible expenditures.

Barrier Removal Tax Deduction
The Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction encourages businesses of any size to remove architectural and transportation barriers to the mobility of persons with disabilities and the elderly. Businesses may claim a deduction of up to $15,000 a year for qualified expenses for items that normally must be capitalized. Businesses claim the deduction by listing it as a separate expense on their income tax return. Also, businesses may use the Disabled Tax Credit and the architectural/transportation tax deduction together in the same tax year if the expenses meet the requirements of both sections. To use both, the deduction is equal to the difference between the total expenditures and the amount of the credit claimed.

Work Opportunity Credit
The Work Opportunity Credit provides eligible employers with a tax credit up to 40 percent of the first $6,000 of first-year wages of a new employee if the employee is part of a “targeted group.” An employee with a disability is one of the targeted groups for the Work Opportunity Credit, provided the appropriate government agencies have certified the employee as disabled. The credit is available to the employer once the employee has worked for at least 120 hours or 90 days. Employers claim the credit on Form 5884, Work Opportunity Credit (PDF).

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*Restaurant Technologies makes no representations, warranties, or assurances as to the accuracy, currency or completeness of the content or availability of business tax credit programs on this website or any sites linked to this site. Tax information contained within this website is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for expert advice from a professional tax/financial planner or the IRS.