Thursday, May 7, 2009

Getting to Know an Environmental Health Specialist...

Speaking of handwashing … we were weren’t we? Handwashing is one of the most important thing food handlers can do to prevent the spread of illness. Employees washing their hands, handwashing sinks and handwashing supplies are big items we inspectors look at during a restaurant inspection.

When you think about it, we touch almost everything with our hands. Just think about what your hands touch on your way to work for example; the dog, the back door, the stair railing, the car door handle, the steering wheel, the back door to the office and your keyboard. Who else has touched all those things?! Even if you left the house with clean hands, they aren’t clean any more.

Handwashing in a food service setting is important because some diseases are spread when disease-causing microorganisms enter the body and cause foodborne illness. Good handwashing with warm, soapy water prevents these organisms transferring from hands to food.

Our food safety classes teach good handwashing technique to food handlers in Jefferson County Colorado. To find out more about these food safety classes visit our web site.

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