Proper hand hygiene “isn’t optional in the food service industry”
Effective and appropriate hand washing is essential in the food service industry: quite simply, it isn’t an option according to a recent report “There are no shortcuts to proper hand washing: tips for keeping customers safe” on the Cintas website.
The article, by Peter Pretty, refers to advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which in turn states “Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.”
Effective hand washing advice
The report focuses on the fact that in the workplace, there are often signs advising employees and visitors to wash their hands. Hand washing methods are also key – there’s little point in getting the hands wet for the sake of it
“…there’s a difference between washing hands and proper hand-washing.”
Handwashing Leadership Forum
The article refers to the Employee Hand Hygiene Manual, which is available online from the Handwashing Leadership Forum. The manual presents an easy to follow six step process which will help ensure that hand washing is undertaken “properly”.
And in the food service industry effective hand hygiene isn’t an option: as Mr Pretty sums up
“When employees fail to follow the proper processes, the potential for foodborne illness intensifies.”
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