Working in a restaurant, pub or any other catering establishment can be chaotic, stressful and extremely busy. There is an awful lot to remember and it would be no surprise if some things were forgotten.
One detail that is of paramount importance that must remain at the forefront of the minds of staff is the issue of hygiene. Failure to do so can lead to illnesses at work or, perhaps even worse, infections for customers.
How can I guard against accidents at work with hygiene?
One of the most crucial weapons in the battle for good hygiene in a food area is hand washing. It seems so simple, yet few people take the time to ensure they do it properly. Effective hand washing can remove germs before they have the chance to spread infection and illness at work.
There are six essential steps to follow to ensure your hands have been washed thoroughly.
- Wet hands first then apply the soap before rubbing your hands together to lather up.
- Rub each palm firmly over the back of the other hand, ensuring the entire surface area is covered
- Rub between your fingers in each hand by interlocking your fingers and resting your hands together repeatedly as well as sliding your fingers up and down.
- Press your fingers together and firmly rub the palms of your hands together, ensuring the whole of the hand is covered.
- Rub around each of your thumbs with the other, applying firm pressure.
- Using the tips of your fingers, rub in circles on your palms before rinsing your hands thoroughly and drying.
The above steps will go a long way to preventing the spread of infection and illnesses at work. The management of food establishments are responsible for making sure that all relevant staff have undergone sufficient food handling and hygiene training to be able to do the job safely.
If you suffer from work-related ill health, or suffer from illnesses such as food poisoning after eating at a restaurant, then you may well be due some illness compensation.
Our expert legal team at Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in dealing with personal injury and illness claims. They work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and are usually able to settle out of court. Why not give the freephone advice line a call today?
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice