Food service managers and professionals all know that proper personal hygiene helps keep the food you prepare safe from contamination, and, as we roll into cold and flu season, it can boost your staff’s resistance to bugs and stop them from unknowingly spreading illness to your guests. This week, we’d like to provide a quick online food safety training refresher course on personal hygiene standards for food service professionals.
Hygiene and Food Safety Training Review
While food safety hygiene training is important all year long, this could be the best season to review these important issues with your employees:
- Care of Cuts and Sores
- Hair Covering and Restraints
- Proper Clothing
- When to be Excluded from Food Handling
Your facility must be equipped with a functional and fully stocked handwashing station. During periodic food safety training, review handwashing procedures and instruct employees to wash often, especially during cold season. Posting a Minnesota food code handwashing fact sheet near all handwashing stations conveniently provides a reference to procedures and a reminder to wash properly.
Taking care of cuts, sores and burns serves two purposes. First, it prevents blood, loose skin and other fluids that result from an injury from coming into contact with the food your staff prepares. It can also help maintain the injured worker’s health by preventing possible infections that could cause them to miss work or become ill. Make sure you have a first-aid kit handy and check often to ensure that it’s fully stocked with bandages, antiseptic and burn creams.
Your clothing and jewelry do more than provide a good look. Dirty clothes can spread illnesses, foodborne and otherwise. Make sure that your staff understands the importance of clean uniforms. Jewelry should not be worn in the kitchen, with the exception of a properly covered wedding band. Jewelry can potentially be covered in contaminates and infect food.
Finally, know when to send staff home or tell them to stay home when ill. Any staff experiencing flu-like symptoms should not work. This will help them get the rest they need to recover and reduce the chances they spread their illness to fellow coworkers and guests. Beyond cold and flu symptoms, food service professionals should stay home if they feel any effects of foodborne illness.
Do you commonly review hygiene procedures?