14 December 2018
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Personal hygiene for food handlers

Prevention is better than cure. It is a legal requirement for anyone who works in a food handling area to maintain a high degree of personal cleanliness. Food handlers should pay particular concern to their hands and hair.


Tips on personal hygiene;

  • Keep fingernails short and clean
  • Remove all nail polish (chips of varnish can fall off into food, and colour can hide dirt under finger nails).
  • Do not wear jewellery (especially dangling pieces), as they can fall into food.
  • Avoid strong smelling perfumes or aftershaves. 


 

Bad habits that you should avoid include:

  • Excessive handling of food.
  • Touching the rims of glasses.
  • Nail biting
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing


Hair
Both short and long hair must be kept under control. This can be done by wearing a cap or a hair-net or tying your hair back.


Cuts
If you have cut yourself then you must cover the wound with a completely waterproof plaster or dressing. Ideally you should use special highly visible blue coloured plasters. Avoid using strip dressings as germs can escape from the open ends.


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