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Handwashing

Hand washing facilities Washing hands regularly is essential. Equally important as the hand washing process is using the appropriate facilities: Hand washing should be carried out in a designated hand …

Unsafe Behaviour

Everyone has bad habits, in the kitchen you need to become aware of these bad habits and stop them as they can cause cross contamination of food. Bad habits include: …

Uniforms

Uniforms are worn not only for protection and a professional image but also for hygiene reasons. Uniforms must be washed and ironed daily. Each part of the uniform fulfills a …

Hair, fingernails, jewellery, rings and watches

As we explained earlier in the course, humans carry trillions of bacteria on their bodies including in their hair, on their skin and under their fingernails. Apart from bacteria contaminating …

Personal hygiene – why is it important?

Being involved in a service industry such as Tourism and Hospitality means that you can have a direct effect on the health and well being of customers and fellow staff …

Food Safety Facts

The World Health Organisation has released the following “facts” that relate to food safety. Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemical substances, causes more than 200 diseases – …

What is Food Safety?

What is food safety? Food Safety means following food safety procedures and routines to prevent food borne illness during the food preparation cycle. This cycle is broken into critical control …

Wrap of the week

Thank you for joining our course and I hope you have found it informative so far. I am sure when you signed up for this course, you didn’t realise just …

COVID-19: What can food handlers do?

It is possible for infected food handlers to introduce viruses to the food they are in contact with by coughing and sneezing, or through hand contact. This is unlikely to …

COVID-19 overview

What is COVID-19? Coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many different kinds, and some cause disease. A coronavirus identified in 2019, SARS-CoV-2, has caused a pandemic of respiratory …

Cuts and abrasions

It is particularly important to keep all cuts, burns, boils, scratches, grazes and similar abrasions covered with a waterproof dressing (blue plaster) and gloves to avoid contaminating food with bacteria. …

Illness and injury

Sickness Good levels of health and fitness are required to work in a kitchen. Attention should be paid to maintaining your personal health and well being. It is now a …