b'How Does Personal Hygiene Affect Food?DEFENSE #1: PERSONAL HYGIENE Good personal hygiene is your best defense against spreading either biological or physical hazards to your customers. You can unknowingly spread germs even if you dont feel sick, so its important to follow safety rules every time you handle food. Following safety rules can also prevent spread of physical hazards like hairs, bandages, or fingernails. Use proper handwashing techniques and wash your hands every time youare supposed to. Use clean gloves each time you touch food, and make sure utensils havebeen washed, rinsed, and sanitized. Keep your fingernails trimmed so that you can clean under themits harderto remove germs from underneath long nails. Dont handle food if you are ill.FOOD WORKER HEALTHEven if you think what you have is only a mild illness, you can still spread germs to your customers. A germ that is not deadly to you could have serious effects on someone from a Highly-Susceptible Population. Making sure that only healthy food workers prepare food is one of the best strategies for avoiding foodborne illness.Too Sick To Work With FoodYoure too sick to work if: you have diarrhea, vomiting, or jaundice you have a diagnosed infection that can be spread throughcontact with food. (Examples include E. coli, Hepatitis A, Shigella,or Salmonella) you have infected, uncovered wounds youre continually coughing, sneezing, or wiping your runny noseIts your duty to tell the Person in Charge at your workplace if you are sick. When you are sick, you should go home. If its not possible for you to go home immediately, you can be put to work with duties that dont involve preparing food or being near clean food-contact surfaces. Acceptable duties for a sick person who cant go home include taking out the trash, cleaning restrooms, bussing tables, mopping, or sweeping.eFoodHhandlers.com 1 515'