Importance of personal hygiene in food safety
Tie back Long hair - Long hair may get burned or caught in rotating blenders or mixers, It's always important that you keep long hair tied back and away from food when preparing and cooking it. if you have long hair it may be advisable to wear a hair net to keep it back when cooking. When hair touches through the cooking process as this can spread Germs.
Wash your hands before cooking - Our hands are one of the main ways germs are spread, so it's important to wash them thoroughly with soap and warm water before cooking, after touching the bin, going to the toilet, touching yourself, before and after touching raw food.
Wearing clean apron - Simple step like wearing an apron can go a long way in reducing the risk, better than a cure. Wearing apron prevents your clothes from coming in contact with the food, hence any germs, dust, hair and etc, stay within the apron and off your plate. Food handling maybe very messy sometimes, depending what recipe you are cooking.
Keep nail short and trim them often - It's important to keep hand hygiene includes diligently cleaning and trimming fingernails, which may carry dirt and germs and can contribute to the spread of some infection, such as pin worms. Fingernails should be kept short, and the undersides should be cleaned frequently with soap and water.
Wear closed-in shoes - Wearing the wrong footwear in the kitchen can lead to accident or to medical problems with feet later in life. Shoe have a protective toe, it's important not to absorb water or fat and have a slip resistant sole.
Cover all cuts - We cover all cuts or grazes when cooking or serving food because it prevent cross contamination / infection of both yourself and the food that will be served to others. We use blue plaster in food production/cooking so if, the plaster should come loose and drop off, it will be clearly visable in the food.
Illness - You must not work when you are suffering from illness which are likely to be transmitted through food.
Coughing and sneezing - It's important to avoid coughing or sneezing over food. Turn away and cough into the inside of your elbow that way the germ or bacteria won't get into the food.