Food Handling & Personal Hygiene

Food Handler’s personal hygiene practices and cleanliness must minimize the risk of food contamination.  


Hand washing

Food handlers are expected to wash their hands whenever their hands are likely to contaminate food

This includes washing their hands:

· Immediately before working with ready-to-eat food after handling raw food.

· Immediately after using the toilet.

· Before they start handling food or go back to handling food after other work.

· Immediately after smoking, coughing, sneezing, using a handkerchief or disposable tissue, eating, drinking or using tobacco or similar substances.

· After touching their hair, scalp or a body opening.

How should food handlers wash their hands?

· Use the hand washing facilities provided by the business.

· Clean their hands thoroughly using soap or other effective means.

· Use warm running water.

· Dry their hands thoroughly on a single to use towel or in another way that is not likely to transfer disease-causing organisms onto the hands.

Report illness


· Report illnesses such as; Typhoid, Cholera, Hepatitis, TB, Gastro (diarrhea and/or vomiting).

· If you have any of these illnesses or symptoms – DO NOT WORK WITH FOOD!

Wear the right uniform

· Do not wear any jewellery, watches or perfume.

· Wear correct protective clothing such as hair nets, gloves, slip-proof shoes, aprons and a clean uniform.

· Keep fingernails short and clean and don’t wear nail polish.