The importance of hand washing within the catering industry to reduce the risk of cross contamination and the prevention of the spread of bacteria.
All staff involved in the industry are required to wash their hands before, during and after handling or preparing food. It is extremely easy for harmful bacteria to spread from our hands, surfaces, and equipment to the food we handle and prepare.
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Hand Wash Provision – sink unit type
A single mixer tap is acceptable, or water supplied from an instant heating unit. A portable hand wash basin is a fantastic option where it is not possible to hard plumb the sink.
Hand washing facilities
There must be enough washbasins for staff to wash their hands, with hot and cold running water, and paper towel dispensers for drying your hands. Separate sinks must be provided, where necessary, for washing food and cleaning equipment as these should not be the same sink so as to reduce contamination (Food Standards Agency Regulation).
Using disposable gloves
In some cases, you will use disposable gloves while working with the food. It should be noted that this does not reduce the need to provide suitable hand washing facilities for all staff.
Please see the guidance below:
Facilities for washing food
There must be adequate facilities, where necessary, for washing food. Every sink (or other facilities) for washing food must have an adequate supply of hot and cold water (Food Standards Agency Regulation).
You should also ensure that the location of the hand wash areas are strategically placed so as to allow all staff ease of access. Following the simple steps will ensure your hands are washed thoroughly:
Thoroughly wet your hands using warm running water and add liquid soap to your hands.
Rub your hands together palm to palm and make a lather.
Using your palms rub your hands across the back of your hands and along the length of your fingers, and then repeat with your other hand.
Interlock your fingers with your palms touching and rub thoroughly between all fingers.
Now rub around your thumbs and then rub the fingertips of each hand across your palms.
Rinse off the soap with clean water, dry your hands with a disposable towel, turn the tap off with the towel and throw the towel away.
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