Under the Food Safety Act 1990, anyone who works behind a bar, in the kitchen or serves at a table is classed as a “Food Handler” and must therefore comply with regulations.
Essential Personal Hygiene Standards
Keep your hands clean.
Wash your hands regularly.
Use the wash bash basin and soap provided.
Wash your hands before you handle food or serve drinks.
Always wash your hands after you have visited the toilet, handled raw foods, handled chemicals, handled rubbish or blown your nose.
Keep cuts and sores covered with a highly visible waterproof plaster.
Always wear clean protective over clothing.
Clean overalls not only protect you from spills but also protect the food you handle.
Long hair must be tied back and kept covered.
Remove all jewellery – it can harbour bacteria, which may transfer onto food.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the premises
Do not cough or sneeze over or near food.
Do not eat in a food preparation area or whilst serving drinks.
Do not lick fingers.
Do not touch glasses where people will drink from.
Do not touch cutlery where people will eat from.
The law states that food handlers must report certain illnesses to their employers.
If you are suffering from any of the following you must report it to your employer:
- Skin infections
- Heavy cold
- Eye or ear discharge
Remember you must do the following:
- Tell your employer
- Do not prepare or handle food until you are given clearance to do so.
- Tell your doctor that you are a food handler.
PERSONAL HYGIENE QUESTIONAIRE
1. When should you wash your hands?
2. Where should you wash your hands?
3. What should you do if you have a cut or sore?
4. What state should your clothes be in and why?
5. How should long hair be worn?
6. Why should you not wear jewellery?
7. List 3 bad habits you should refrain from doing?
8. What should you tell your doctor if you are unwell?
9. Why should you not smoke or eat in a food area?
10. Where are you allowed to eat/drink when at work?