‘Tis the Season – Safe Beverage Service at Holiday Gatherings

holida partyIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! For the hospitality industry, that means a huge uptick in the number of festive celebrations and company holiday parties. Whether you’re a hospitality professional looking at a reservation book full of large parties, or an HR professional planning a company event, there are a few points to remember for keeping things holly, jolly, and safe.

For HR professionals and businesses – Keep in mind that company parties are considered an extension of the workplace. It is the responsibility of the company to set guidelines. This is why many companies choose to limit the number of alcoholic beverages served to each individual. If you’re planning an on-site or off-site holiday party, remember that in Clark County all servers and sellers of alcoholic beverages must complete an alcohol awareness training course and carry a valid TAM® Card. Yes, this rule also applies for special events. Make sure you’re working with a restaurant or caterer which meets this requirement.

Companies can go the extra mile to make sure their attendees have a great time, but also stay safe. Consider strategies like issuing a set number of drink tickets per person, to prevent over-indulging. Close down the bar an hour or two before the party ends and offer snacks and non-alcoholic beverages instead. One of the most popular extras to offer attendees is complimentary cab service so that everyone makes it home safe.

For service professionals – Remember to use the Techniques of Alcohol Management® with holiday parties and all service interactions. You have an obligation to serve responsibly. And remember, you should always ask to see identification. Just because a patron may be at a special event (company holiday party, wedding) that does not relieve a server from checking for photo I.D.

Follow procedure to card anyone who appears to be 30 years of age or younger. It is better to be safe than sorry. It helps prevent sales to minors, protects against liability, and keeps the pubic safe from harm. The atmosphere at holiday special events can remain light and fun, while emphasizing safety.

TAM of Nevada® wishes all of our students and friends a safe and happy holiday season!

Happy Thanksgiving – 2019 Office Hours

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all of our customers and friends! Please see below for our holiday office hours. The online TAM Card course is still available 24/7 at www.tamnevada.com!

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With College Students Returning to Campus for the Fall Semester, Be Extra Vigilant in Checking ID’s

teen drinkingUnderage drinking is a serious concern in Nevada, and police agencies across the state are working to remind retailers, alcohol servers, and teens that if they do not abide by the laws, they will face consequences. Students are returning to classes for the Fall semester. Many young adults are moving in to dorms and living on their own for the first time. For many, that means a new sense of freedom.

Many students will be busy adjusting to their new schedules, making new friends, and in many cases, partying around and off campus.  A report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicates that almost 38% of young adults Nevada have engaged in binge drinking (SAMHSA). If you work selling or serving alcoholic beverages, be on the lookout for underage drinkers, and make sure to always check for valid identification. Additionally, remember to keep a close eye on patrons and make sure no one is over-served. Even adults ages 21 and over need to be monitored closely to keep things safe. For more tips on stopping underage drinkers, read our blog post, “A Dangerous Cocktail –Teen Drinking.”

Police are stepping up their patrols around the state. Don’t forget, alcohol education in mandatory in both Clark and Washoe counties. In addition to online and classes in Las Vegas, TAM® of Nevada is able to conduct alcohol awareness online course proctoring in Reno, and offers courses for individuals once a month in Mesquite.

Who Needs a TAM® Card?

TAM_Card_Larger_RoundAre you looking for a job in the service industry in Las Vegas, Nevada? Show employers you’re ready to get to work, and serious about finding a job, by getting your TAM® Card.

Before working in Nevada in the hotel, gaming, food and beverage industries, it may be mandatory for you to have a TAM® Card. The big question is, who exactly needs a TAM Card?

  1. Anyone, working at any venue, who sells or serves alcohol to the public.
  2. Security guards who work at those venues.
  3. Clerks and cashiers at retail stores that sell sealed alcoholic beverages.
  4. Anyone selling or serving alcoholic beverages at a festival or special event, even if it is just for one night.

Our customers often ask about age requirements too. You must be at least 16 years old to get a TAM Card. In Nevada, individuals 16 – 17 years of age may act as a cashier and ring up an order for sealed alcohol if they employed at a retail store and supervised by an adult (age 18+). To serve alcohol, a person must be 21 or older. County and city laws may be stricter.

With enforcement efforts on the rise, why risk having trouble with something like not being properly trained and certified? Local police agencies in Nevada have been increasing their decoy operations and busting establishments and their employees for selling alcohol to minors. Additionally, if someone is busted serving alcohol to a minor, one of the first things law enforcement may do is check their alcohol awareness card to verify that it is valid. Don’t wait – sign up for the only official online alcohol awareness course, and get your TAM Card today.