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Personal hygiene is often the cause of many food poisoning cases. However, it tends to be de-prioritised when it comes to food safety. Observing and monitoring your kitchen staff’s personal hygiene is crucial in preventing food contamination. Let’s start by taking a look at what your crew should wear.
In addition to proper clothing, there are simple actions that can have a huge impact on the quality and hygiene of your food. We also suggest conducting regular checks every morning to ensure that your crew is disciplined in maintaining their own personal hygiene.
|Sneeze into food||Keep your fingernails short and clean|
|Scratch your body when cooking/serving
||Keep your hair and beards neat and tidy – long hair should be tied up
|Rub your face/nose on your shoulder
||Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap
|Clean your ears with your fingers
||Work on a clean surface
|Wipe off perspiration with your bare hands
||Use different plastic chopping boards and knives for cooked and raw food
|Come to work if you are sick
It gets pretty hectic during dining hours, and the last thing you want is for somebody to get injured in the kitchen. Here are some ways to reduce the risk of such accidents occurring:
Everybody has a part to play in the kitchen, not only the Chef. Being vigilant and disciplined not only helps to prevent accidents, but also can potentially save a colleague’s life.
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