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What you need to know before working with food

It is easy for you to spread bacteria and viruses to food without realising.These bacteria are invisible and could make customers ill. Your personal hygiene is important. This is what you need to do to keep food safe.

working with food

Before you start working with food

  • Always wash your hands

  • Wear clean clothes

  • Wear an apron if handling unwrapped food

  • Tell your manager if you have vomiting or diarrhoea and do not work with food

  • Take off your watch and jewellery

  • It is a good idea to tie hair back and wear a hat or hairnet

When you are working with food

  • No smoking

  • No eating or drinking

  • Avoid touching your face, coughing or sneezing over food

  • Cover cuts with a brightly coloured waterproof dressing

Washing hand effectively

  • Step 1 : Wet your hands thoroughly under warm running water and squirt liquid soap onto your palm

  • Step 2: Rub your hands together palm to palm to make a lather

  • Step 3: Rub the palm of one hand along the back of the other and along the fingers. Repeat with the other hand

  • Step 4: Put your palms together with fingers interlocked and rub in between each of the fingers thoroughly

  • Step 5: Rub around your thumbs on each hand and then rub the fingertips of each hand against your palms

  • Step 6: Rinse off the soap with clean running water and dry your hands thoroughly on a disposable towel. Turn off the tap with the towel and then throw the towel away

When to wash hands

  • Before touching or handling any food, especially ready-to-eat food

  • After going to the toilet

  • After every break

  • After touching raw meat,poultry, fish, eggs or unwashed vegetables

  • After touching a cut or changing a dressing

  • After touching or emptying bins

  • After any cleaning

  • After touching phones, light

  • switches, door handles,cash registers and money


Source : Food Standard Agency

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