Be aware of your own habits. Ask yourself “DO I”? • Touch my face or squeeze my Further information can also be found at: pimples? • Wipe my hands on my clothes? • Fiddle with my earrings? • Play with my hair? Port Stephens Council • Pick my nose? PO Box 42 Personal • Lick my fingers? • Spit? RAYMOND TERRACE NSW 2324 Ph: 4980 0255 Remember! Fax: 4987 3612 Hygiene Customers think— Clean looks = clean food www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au Email: firstname.lastname@example.org One of the keys to safe food is the personal sneezing Nail Varnish hygiene of the people who prepare and sell it. • Handling garbage Nail varnish hides dirty nails and can chip off Bacteria that can cause food poisoning are • Smoking and fall into food. Do not wear nail varnish easily transferred from the hands and clothes • Touching your hair, face or other body parts and keep your fingernails short as they are of the people handling the food. • Handling money easier to clean. It is therefore important that everyone who Remember to wash your hands when changing Hats and Hair Nets handles food has a high level of personal disposable gloves. Avoid using cloth towels for Customers do not like to see hair in food. hygiene. Some principals of hygiene are hand drying as they are usually full of germs. • Keep hair short or tied back. listed below. • Wear a hat and/or hair net. Cuts and Wounds Illness • All cuts and wounds should be covered at all Smoking and Eating Anyone who handles or times with a clean, waterproof, brightly coloured Germs are around your mouth prepares food while sick can plaster or band-aid. and will pass to your hands transfer their germs to the food • Change the band-aid often during the day. when smoking or eating. and cause the consumers of that food to also • Use disposable gloves over the wound. • Do not eat, drink or smoke become sick. Therefore any food handler who while preparing food or while in the displays symptoms including vomiting, Coughing and Sneezing kitchen or shop. diarrhoea, sore throat, fever or jaundice must Coughs and sneezes spread diseases! • Do not spit on food. not handle food. • Do not cough or sneeze near food. • Do not chew gum. • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or Hand Washing sneeze. Appearance Always wash your hands before handling Germs are on your clothes, even though they • Wash your hands before food. Wash them completely, remembering may not look dirty. Wear clean clothes and an touching food. the backs of hands, wrists, between the apron to protect your clothes and food. • If you are sick, do not go to fingers and under your fingernails. Use work. liquid soap and warm water for thorough Disposable Gloves hand washing, then dry with single-use If you choose to wear disposable gloves, Jewellery paper towel. change them as often as you would wash Jewellery such as rings, bracelets and earrings can Wash your hands after: your hands. Alternatives to gloves are: trap dirt, food particles and germs as well as fall • Visiting the toilet into food. • Tongs and other utensils. • Handling raw food • Jewellery should be left at home. • A plastic bag i.e. a butcher handling mince. • Using a tissue, coughing or • Wear jewellery on a short neck chain. • Clean paper i.e. a baker handling bread.