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Washington MAST: Implementing House Policies to Protect Alcohol Servers, Sellers, and Liquor Licensed Establishments

If you’re in the alcohol industry in Washington State (whether you’re an alcohol server, seller, manager, or liquor license holder), you may already be aware of the liability you can be held accountable for if you serve or sell alcohol to a minor or a customer who is apparently intoxicated. One of the best ways you can reduce the likelihood of having legal issues held against you is to implement “house policies” for your co-workers or your employees to follow.

If you would like to receive a comprehensive training on Washington State Alcohol Selling and Serving laws, or if you are an alcohol server and need to receive a MAST Permit so you can work, we recommend checking out a WSLCB approved online MAST Permit Course!

What is a House Policy?

A house policy is a rule or process that employees are trained on and required to follow/adhere to while working. In this post we are going to highlight some alcohol-related house policies you can implement in order to protect yourself or your establishment from getting into trouble with the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) or the law!

Are there any requirements for implementing House Policies?

The only restriction is that house policies cannot override the law, though they can be stricter than the law!

Here are some examples of House Policies you may want to implement at your workplace:

  1. All employees who serve alcohol must have a MAST Permit
  2. Only one drink can be served to a customer at a time
  3. A maximum of two high ABV alcoholic beverages will be served to a customer
  4. A glass of water must be served with every alcoholic beverage that a customer orders
  5. No individual customer will be granted a pitcher of beer to drink by themselves
  6. Unruly customers will be asked to leave
  7. Consistently unruly customers will be asked to never come back
  8. Every customer’s ID will be checked before being served alcohol
  9. Designated drivers will receive free or discounted non-alcoholic beverages or food
  10. Management is committed to encouraging responsible alcohol service and ongoing alcohol server training

These are just a few ideas of different house policies you can implement at your establishment in order to create some structure around responsible alcohol service for your employees!

If you are hoping to learn more comprehensive information regarding Washington State’s alcohol selling and server laws or if you need to receive a MAST Permit in order to work, we welcome you to check out our Online WSLCB Approved Alcohol Server Training Course whenever and wherever is most convenient for you!

Cheers, and Happy Training!

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