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Procedures for hygiene in food handling and in the care setting.

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Procedures for hygiene - food hygiene Personal hygiene Good hygiene is essential especially in young children to ensure good health. Good health is also important because good hygiene procedures will minimise the risk of infection to colleagues, children and yourself. Personal hygiene Hands should be washed frequently - After visiting the toilet - After handling money - Before handling any food - After smoking - After sneezing - After touching hair face or clothing - After eating or drinking - After handling garbage - After handling dirty equipment dishes or utensils - After coming into contact with raw meats poultry and fish - Any time you change tasks- go from one thing to another Nails should be kept short and well scrubbed to avoid carrying bacteria underneath your nails and spreading it. Hair should be kept tied back and/or hairnets should be worn to ensure that no loose hairs make contact with food during preparation. Staff should wear clean clothing and overalls/ aprons; these should not be worn outside of the food preparation area and should be washed frequently. ...read more.


Food surfaces should be cleaned throughout the day and any spillages should be cleared immediately. Feeding equipment should be washed and sterilised for very young children so there are no traces of bacteria left on it. any toys and playing equipment should be sterilised at least once every week in a nursery this is because children put the toys in their mouth especially little children and their saliva is left on the toys which means another child would get the toy and the bacteria would stop to prevent this it is best if their sterilised. separate cloths for separate areas are necessary as the cloth builds up with bacteria and if the same cloth is used for cleaning up spillages and the same cloth is then used in the kitchen to clean down the worktop bacteria spreads and the worktop isn't clean jus because its been wiped it needs a separate cloth so that their are less risk of bacteria spreading from one place to another. Food handling All types of foods are potential hazards if they are not handled or stored properly. ...read more.


If you have a runny nose then you should wash your hands before touching any food or anything that a child may put into their mouth. Wash your hands after sneezing coughing etc. directly onto your hands. Disposable gloves should be worn at all times Any broken skin should be covered with a high visibility plaster (usually blue in colour in case it becomes disatattched and falls into the food). Any flowing blood should be cleaned up with soap and water. any soiled clothes that you wish to keep should be double bagged and sent home. Reporting to the authorities An outbreak of a particular condition e.g. chicken pox should be reported to the public health department. Any food related outbreaks should be reported to the environmental health department. If any household pests are spotted then they should be reported immediately. Reporting to parents Some information should be passed on to parents either through a letter or an accident log form etc. These should be sent if: There are any health concerns of their child Any specific info about a particular condition e.g. meningitis Letters informing them of any outbreaks of illness within the children. There is an outbreak of head lice Or the child is involved in an accident or incident. ...read more.

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