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By: Sarah Bell

Good Personal Hygiene

Good personal hygiene can prevent food poisoning. Bacteria that cause food poisoning can be on everyone – even healthy people. You can spread bacteria from yourself to the food if you touch your nose, mouth, hair or your clothes, and then food. Good personal hygiene also makes good business sense. Customers like to see food-handling staff who take hygiene seriously and practise safe food handling.






Overall Health

Protective clothing and covering

Hand washing


Close toed shoes

If you have longer hair, you should pull it back or put it up, like in a ponytail or bun. This will help keep your hair out of the food you serve

The Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER) does not state any requirement concerning shoes; however, wearing of “closed toe” shoes is a very important safety matter for individuals working within eating establishments to prevent accidents including: accidents caused by slippery kitchen floors, grease spills, hot water spills, falling pots and pans, broken glass, to name a few. It is our job to ensure eating establishments have been educated on the best ways to prevent accidents and provide the best service to the public.

Dirty clothing can lead to cross-contaminationwhen bacteria transfers from the garment to the prepared food. Wear a clean uniform at the beginning of each shift and change when necessary. Dirty uniforms should be stored separately from clean ones and stored somewhere outside of the kitchen, and uniforms should be washed after use. Disposable, single use gloves should be worn and changed frequently. If you have a cut on your hand, it needs to be completely covered with a bandage and cleaned regularly.

It’s always important to wash your hands before, during, and after preparing any food and after touching raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs. Your hands can spread germs around your kitchen and to other foods. Washing your hands often and correctly while you’re cooking can help prevent cross-contamination.

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the faucet, and apply soap.Lather your hands by rubbing them together with soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice from beginning to end, that’s about 20 seconds!Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry them.Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod.

If you feel sick or have an illness that is contagious, you should not be handling food. It is incredibly easy to spread bacteria, especially with an illness that is easily transmitted through food.If you’re experiencing symptoms such as: Vomiting Diarrhea Sore throat with fever Jaundiceyou should not go to work until your symptoms are gone for at least 48 hours. Let your boss know when you are experiencing these symptoms, or other issues like a cold or contagious eye infection.