How clean are your hands?

More than 200 diseases are spread through food.  1 in 10 people fall ill every year from eating contaminated food and over half a million people die each year as a result.  Vulnerable groups including children, the elderly and pregnant women are at particular risk.  Proper food preparation can prevent most foodborne diseases.  Most common symptoms of food poisoning are vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach pains but some toxins can cause long term health problems including arthritis, kidney failure, meningitis and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

But did you know that the main cause of food contamination and food poisoning incidents is down to food preparation staff not washing their hands properly?

Do your staff wash their hands frequently (after every change in task) and do they follow these procedures?


Ensure all hand wash sinks are stocked with antibacterial hand wash soap and paper handtowels/blue roll.

Interesting fact

Did you know that 1 in 5 people do not wash their hands and, of those that do, only 30% use soap!  Hands need to be washed for 15 seconds or more with soap to effectively kill germs. Bacterial such as E. coli can be found on over a quarter of our hands!