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Personal Hygiene

What do you need to know about personal hygiene?

Good personal hygiene is having a high standard of personal cleanliness. This will be reflected in appearance, dress and behaviour. Poor cleanliness and bad habits present a risk of contaminating food. High standards of personal hygiene will help to prevent food poisoning and reduce the risk of contamination.Hand washing

The following key points should be followed by all food handlers:

1. thorough hand washing using warm water and soap should be carried out:

- on starting work
- after using the toilet
- after touching hair
- after handling refuse or waste materials

- between handling raw and cooked foods
- after breaks for eating, drinking or smoking
- after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
- after handling cleaning chemicals

2. after washing, dry hands thoroughly on clean disposable paper towelling.

3. cover cuts, sores and burns with clean waterproof dressings of a distinctive colour and hold it in place with fingerstalls or gloves.

4. wear clean, and where appropriate protective clothing to protect food from contamination.

5. tie back long hair and wear head covering.

6. keep fingernails short and clean and remove all nail polish.

7. do not wear jewellery other than a plain wedding ring.

8. do not wear strong smelling perfumes or aftershave.

Our adobe icon Handwash poster [393kb] can be printed out and used in your business. Why not put it up above wash hand basins to remind employees?

For more information contact us: Environmental Health,

Updated: 22 Nov 2014
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