When is it Not safe to prepare food for others?




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People who work in commercial kitchens, or any other type business in which food is served should be in good health,  clean and well presented. Dangerous bacteria can easily be transferred onto food by any number of means, many of these originating from personal health and personal hygiene issues.

It is, therefore, necessary to maintain high personal hygiene standards wherever food is prepared. These standards are implimented to prevent the contamination of food and reduce risk to the public. Here is a list of  personal health and hygiene situations that can cause food contamination. Both staff and management should constantly be on the lookout for the following hygiene issues and intervene promptly.

Do not prepare food if:

  1. You are suffering from any dosorder of the digestive system.
  2. Your are suffering from a sexually transmitted disease.
  3. You have an open wound that cannot be covered with an industrial grade waterproof antiseptic wound dressing.
  4. You are suffering from any infectious or contageous disease.
  5. You are suffering from any allergic or bacterial skin conditions.
  6. You are suffering from any fungal skin conditions anywhere on your body.
  7. You are suffering from any parasitcal disease
  8. You are suffering from serious burns.
  9. You have infection of the eyes.
  10. You are running a temperature for any reason.
  11. You are coughing or sneezing due to any infection of the nose,  mouth, throat or lower respiratory tract.
  12. You have a urinary tract infection
  13. You have not thoroughly washed your hands to the elbow, including cleaning under the finger nails.
  14. You have not showered in the past 24 hours, including washing of the hair.
  15. If you are not wearing a clean kitchen uniform, including head cover
  16. and clean work shoes.

All kitchen staff must be especially diligent in washing their hands after visiting the toilet. It is advised that you wash your hands twice with soap.

People working in the preparation of food must not work with refuse, clean areas in which refuse is stored, sweep roads or drive ways, clean toilet areas or do garden work in or around the business in which they work.

Likewise, people working directly of indirectly with food must not come into contact with cats, dogs or any other type of animal during working hours. Kitchen staff should also refrain from eating in the kitcken area, particularly eating with fingers.