Food handlers must wash their hands regularly – and effectively
The presence of bacteria in catering situations is often exacerbated by poor hygiene in the kitchen, which is why effective hand washing needs to be carried out on a regular basis, according to a recent report on the Virtual College website.
The article by Emma Brook deals with two main areas, namely food-borne illnesses and how to wash thoroughly.
Ms Brook refers to advice from the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control, which details the high survival rate of bacteria in a catering environment and their advice that frequent hand washing is vital.
The need for thorough hand washing
Ineffective hand washing is of limited value – it needs to be carried out both thoroughly and frequently according to the report. And appropriate facilities must be available at the point of need, something which can prove quite a challenge, particularly in a mobile catering situation.
“To encourage thorough hand washing, employers should makes sure hand basins are convenient and have plenty of soap and disposable towels.”
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