One of the most common mistake done by food handlers are forgot to wash their hands properly before starting to prepare food .A U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) study published in 2009 found that 72 percent of full-service restaurants appeared not to comply with U.S. Food Code requirements for proper, adequate handwashing.
Did you know ?
- It is estimated that washing hands with soap and water could reduce diarrheal disease-associated deaths by up to 50% 1.
- Researchers in London estimate that if everyone routinely washed their hands, a million deaths a year could be prevented 2.
- A large percentage of foodborne disease outbreaks are spread by contaminated hands. Appropriate hand washing practices can reduce the risk of foodborne illness and other infections 3.
- Handwashing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16% 4.
When to wash hands ?
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
- The use of an alcohol gel hand sanitizer in the classroom provided an overall reduction in absenteeism due to infection by 19.8% among 16 elementary schools and 6,000 students
How to wash hands ?
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry hands using a clean towel or air dry them.