Do List For Food Handlers - the County of Santa Clara

Do List For Food Handlers - the County of Santa Clara
Do List For Food Handlers
Data provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that a leading cause
of foodborne illness outbreaks is poor personal hygiene of food service employees.
These outbreaks can be prevented by doing the following:
DO NOTIFY YOUR SUPERVISOR if you have diarrhea
or vomiting (together with other symptoms of illness) or diarrhea
alone. DO NOT WORK WITH FOOD. Common foodborne
diseases spread by poor hygiene include but are not limited to
Hepatitis A, Norovirus, Shigella, E. coli 0157:H7, Salmonella,
Salmonella typhi, Staphylococcus aureus, and Entamoeba
hystolytica.
DO COVER CUTS, SORES, OR RASHES
on the
hands with bandages to protect food from contamination. Wear a
glove over the bandage when working with food. Change gloves as
often as handwashing is required. Ideally, employees with cuts and
abrasions should be removed from food preparation activities and
placed in low-risk activities, such as cleaning detail or working a cash
register. [Section 113973]
DO WASH YOUR HANDS
as often as necessary to
prevent possible contamination of food. Proper handwashing is the
single most important means of preventing the spread of disease.
A foodservice worker infected with Hepatitis A can unknowingly
pass this disease after inadequate handwashing. The symptomatic
carrier can pass the disease for 2 weeks before they show any
onset of symptoms.
DO USE UTENSILS,
such as tongs or tissue paper, or clean
gloves to minimize bare hand use when handling foods which are
ready-to-eat such as salads and sandwiches.
DO WEAR CLEAN CLOTHES and keep your hair clean
and restrained by utilizing hats, haircoverings, or nets. Dirty
clothing carries disease-causing microorganisms which can
contaminate clean hands. Oily, dirty hair can carry and hold large
numbers disease-causing bacteria.
DO KEEP YOUR FINGERNAILS SHORT, trimmed, and
clean. Finger nails are known to harbor bacteria and must be kept
clean. Gloves should be worn to cover artificial nails, nail polish, rings
(other than plain rings such as wedding bands), and uncleanable
orthopedic support devices. [Section 113973a]
County of Santa Clara • Department of Environmental Health • Consumer Protection Division
1555 Berger Drive, Suite 300 • San Jose CA 95112-2716 • 408-918-3400 • fax 408-258-5891 • www.EHinfo.org
Rev. 5/08
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