Food Handler Behaviour – Clean Hands


The final blog in this series of food handler behaviour relates to clean hands. Food handlers should constantly be aware of their hand hygiene. Food handlers can prevent bacteria and other contaminates from building up beneath their nails by keeping nails clean, trim and avoiding wearing fake nails and nail polish. Additionally, jewelry that is on the hands and wrists should also be removed to allow effective hand washing.

It is important to know that nothing substitutes handwashing when handling food. If gloves are used in preparing or serving food, hands must continue to be thoroughly washed prior to wearing gloves. Gloves must also be disposed of after each task.

Hands must be washed using the 6 steps of hand washing:

When to Wash Hands

  • Before commencing work.
  • Before, during and after preparing food.
  • After smoking.
  • After using the washroom.
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • After touching garbage, clearing tables or handling soiled objects.
  • After break/returning to work.
  • After changing tasks.
  • After handling raw food.
  • Before wearing gloves.

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