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 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.
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.
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
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
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.