Your appearance matters. I am not talking about your looks; I am talking about appearance: your hair, clothing, even your fingernails – they all matter if you work in a restaurant. And it comes down to health and safety. Good personal hygiene is imperative for restaurant employees as a way to reduce cross-contamination and the risk of foodborne illnesses. An employee’s clean appearance sends a message to your customers that you care about health and hygiene. It will keep those customers and your employees safer.
Here are some tips to improve personal hygiene.
1. Shower/bathe before work2.
2. Wear a hair restraint when in food preparation areas
3. Always wear clean clothing
4. Remove aprons when leaving food preparation areas
5. Never wipe your hands on your apron
6. Remove jewelry from hands and arms when working in and around food preparation areas
7. Do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum when working in and around food prep and cleaning areas
9. Always wash hands properly in between tasks or if you touch one of the body parts mentioned in number 8
10. Keep fingernails short and trim
11. Avoid wearing fake fingernails that can trap germs and bacteria
12. Cover all wounds and cuts on your hands and arms. Always wear gloves to cover those bandages
13. Wear single-use gloves when handling food and change them often.
While they are not vital for preventing cross-contamination, uniforms are generally a good idea for restaurant staff. This adds to the appearance of cleanliness and improves your customers’ experiences.