If all food handlers understood the importance of hand washing and knew when and how to wash their hands then there were be fewer cases of food poisoning in the UK and fewer injury solicitor Glencoe food poisoning claims.
An injury claim is when a person who believes that they have suffered food poisoning contacts Accident Advice Helpline to make a personal injury claim.
They will try and claim compensation (money) from the person or organisation operating the food business and Accident Advice Helpline will do all that they can to ensure that the food poisoning claim is successful.
Preventing injury claims by hand washing
The importance of washing hands cannot be stressed enough. Your hands can carry pathogens from you and from the environment to food. You can introduce pathogens to any food or food preparation surfaces that you touch. As a food handler it is vital that you know when and how to wash your hands.
Preventing food poisoning claims by washing hands at the right time
In order to minimise the likelihood of an injury claim being started food handlers should wash their hands at the following times:
- Before starting work
- Before entering the food area again after having a break
- Before touching any open unwrapped food
- After handling raw fruit and vegetables
- After handling raw meat and poultry
- After handling raw eggs in their shells
- After handling external packaging
- After going to the toilet
- After applying a dressing or adjusting hair
- After cleaning or handling dirty cloths, mops etc.
- After dealing with a person with vomiting or diarrhoea
- After sneezing, coughing, touching hair, face, nose, mouth or ears
The list is endless!
Preventing injury claims by washing hands correctly
Hand washing is a lot more than just a quick swill under the tap. Unfortunately many people do not know how to wash their hands properly but food handlers must know how to do it. The golden rules of hand washing are:
- Find the correct place to do it – not in the sink.
- Pull sleeves out of the way and away from wrists. Wet hands thoroughly under warm running water.
- Squirt liquid soap onto the palm of one hand and then rub the palms of your hands together vigorously to make lather.
- Rub the back of one hand into the lather on the palm of the other hand and then swap.
- Rub in between fingers, around thumbs and writs. Rub your fingertips and nails.
- Rinse off with clean running water and leave the water running.
- Dry hands thoroughly with a disposable paper towel making sure that they are completely dry.
- Use the paper towel to turn off the tap and then throw it away
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 24th November 2013
Author: David Brown