Personal Hygiene

By Umya

Good personal hygiene helps us prevent illnesses. This smore will explain to you what personal hygiene is and why it is important through different aspects such as body odor, hand washing, personal hygiene for women and for men and how to handle it in First Aid situations. It is ESSENTIAL during the preparation of food, no matter where you are (as in the kitchen at your school or your kitchen at home).

Body Odour

Body odor is caused by a number of things. They come from unwashed clothes, waste through the skin, bacteria, and sweat. Especially if you have hospitality after gym class. We can reduce these body odors by bathing or showering regularly, wearing clean clothes, and wearing deodorant (NOT PERFUME). You shouldn't smoke AT ALL especially not before coming to the kitchen because the smoke particles and the smell stays on you and it can contaminate the food.


Hand Washing

Most infections such as colds come from unwashed hands, we touch everything with our hands including our face, our hair, and our bodies. Sometimes bacteria and germs come from other people's dirty hands touching the food that we eat. We also have to make sure to wash our wrists with clean soap and water and we must make sure that our fingernails aren’t dirty. They need to be well cut and clean. When washing your hands, sing row row row your boat or happy birthday once slowly or twice if you go faster, for twenty seconds and make sure you wash them thoroughly with soap and water. When you're done washing your hands, make sure to dry them with something clean, otherwise the process of washing your hands was a waste of water and time. Always wash your hands before and after using the toilet, before making or eating any food, after being around someone who is coughing or someone who has the flu or when sneezing or coughing yourself, using dirty utensils, touching your hair, and touching garbage bins. You should wash your hands regularly, all the time, every day. Don't wash just your hands, but also your wrists.

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In Addition to Hand Washing

Make sure that not only your hands are clean but for your own cleanliness, bathe and shower regularly (every day at least). Also have clean hair, even though you are supposed to wear a hairnet in the kitchen, you should still have clean hair. You should have short, well cut nails so that nothing should get under the nails when preparing food or any dirt and bacteria before that. You should wear clean clothes, however, you must wear an apron in the kitchen.

Personal Hygiene for Women

Women need to follow all of the same but also one specific rule.If you’re menstruating, you have to make sure that your entire body is clean and when you change your pads or tampons you have to wash your hands extremely well (before and after the change). You also have to make sure your hair (especially if it's long) is properly tied back and there are no loose strands once you put them in your hairnet.

Personal Hygiene for Men

The same set of rules apply to males as for females, however, some are slightly different because men are different. Some males don't bathe everyday or necessarily bathe properly so they have to make sure that they are clean before they enter the kitchen and touch anything. They also tend to touch a lot of dirty things and be careless of where their hands go so they have to wash their hands thoroughly before touching anything, ESPECIALLY FOOD, in the kitchen.


First Aid Situations

We should know first aid because it can stop injuries from getting any worse and it can save lives, you can help someone heal quickly and it can prevent cross contamination (cross contamination is bacteria that gets transferred between substances). Knowing how it happened (the injury) and understanding it can help us prevent from it happening again and hurting us again. You should make sure you’re away from the danger area to prevent from getting hurt further, and take charge if you can but if not then make sure to call for help.If you’re bleeding, make sure to stop it right away to prevent cross contamination and to further risk the injury. Treat all burns and cuts and you must tell the teacher. Any and all wounds should be covered by something waterproof after being cleaned so that the wound doesn't get contaminated or contaminate anything else.

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If you are sick, don't cough or sneeze on or near others and clean the things that you touch if you're unwell (put the tissues in the garbage bin) and wear gloves if you're afraid of germs on your hands. If someone else around you is sick then turn away or avoid them especially if they're coughing or sneezing. You must wear gloves, hair nets, and aprons (AND THEY HAVE TO BE CLEAN) to assure that no extra germs can come on you or the food. You shouldn't be wearing any jewelry because bacteria can get on them and they can also fall into or on top of the food. When you touch them to fix them, you have to wash your hands again. In certain situations you might need the first aid equipment so keep it near you, as is by the entrance door of the kitchen. Where you are working in the kitchen (referring to the station you are at) must always be clean to reduce further bacteria or contamination. NEVER use any food that has fallen on the floor or shoes because it's gross and it can affect your body in negative ways.

All of these aspects need to come into consideration when talking about personal hygiene. These are not only used at the kitchen at school, but also generally every day, at school, home, etc. Overall you should be aware of your own personal hygiene by washing your hands regularly, knowing general cleanliness and being aware of cross contamination when it comes to the bacteria and the germs that can come from us to the food that we prepare.