Personal Hygiene Rules and Routines for Food Service Personnel$15

Learn how food can become contaminated when workers practice poor personal hygiene – and the most effective preventions. This course teaches the critically important routines, habits and skills that all your food service workers need to practice. También disponible en Espanol

Course Objectives:

  • Understand what good hygiene is
  • Learn how food can become contaminated by workers who do not practice good hygiene
  • Understand and master the components of a good program of personal hygiene
  • Master current “best practices” in personal and employee hygiene
  • Know the actions to be taken if a food handler becomes sick

There is More to Personal Hygiene than Just Washing Hands

It can be challenging to get employees to review their habits and routines regarding their personal cleanliness and health. Yet it is imperative – nothing less than that – to drive home key concepts in your training. Employees should be taught that it is their responsibility to inform you if they…

  • Have colds, elevated temperatures or other illnesses.
  • Have open sores, boils, pimples or wounds.
  • Are using bandages to protect cuts or abrasions.
  • Have been in contact with people who are ill.
  • Are suffering from highly communicable diseases like hepatitis. (Note that it can be a good idea to require food workers to submit physicians’ statements that certify that they have been tested and are free from communicable diseases; speak with your HR department to determine whether your company can legally do so.)

Other Hygienic Concepts to Cover in Training

Your training should not hesitate to teach other basic habits of good personal hygiene. Employees should be advised that they are expected to bathe daily using appropriate soaps and shampoos and to wear garments, undergarments and uniforms that are freshly laundered. They should buy shoes – or wear company-issued shoes – that are worn exclusively at work and stored there. They should avoid wearing rings or other items of jewelry on the job. Did you know that bacteria can thrive under rings, for example, or hide between the links of jewelry chains and then be transferred to foods? Similar considerations apply to piercings and tattoos – especially tattoos that have been recently applied. Delving into those topics can require delicacy. Often the best approach is to refrain from hiring people with tattoos or body piercings if you do not choose to employ them for specific jobs – but that is a sensitive topic to discuss with your HR department.

Those considerations explain why your training program should not cut corners about personal health and hygiene.