Your Own Health Comes First

Your Own Health Comes First

(relates to inspection form #6,7,8,14,16,17)

Hand Washing Is Very Important

Wash your hands often when working with food and drinks- this gets rid of harmful organisms that can make people sick. The best way to wash your hands is to scrub for 15 to 20 seconds with hot (100°F) running water and soap, then dry them with clean paper towels.

Washing your hands well is one of the most important good health habits. It sounds too easy, but hand washing really works to wash away harmful organisms from your hands.

Remember to always wash your hands:

  • Before you put on gloves
  • Before you touch anything used to prepare food, and
  • Before you touch food that will not be cooked.
  • After you work with raw meat, fish and poultry.
  • After you handle trash and take out garbage
  • After you handle dirty dishes.
  • After you go to the bathroom (use the toilet); and wash hands again when you return to the kitchen
  • After you eat.
  • After you touch your face, hair or body.
  • After you blow your nose, after you cough or sneeze, because your hands have touched your nose or mouth.
  • After any activity that contaminates your hands.
Wash your hands after your break; and if you smoke

Your kitchen should have a hand washing sink with hot water, soap and paper towels. Only use disposable towels or an air dryer. Do not use your apron or dish towels to dry or wipe your hands. Do not wash your hands in a dishwashing sink or prep sink. Hand sanitizer can never be a substitute for hand washing!

Harmful organisms, such as bacteria and viruses, grow easily, so think of your hands and fingernails as always "contaminated". Just because they look clean does not mean they are clean. Harmful organisms are too tiny to see with your eyes. If you do not wash your hands in the right way and keep your fingernails trimmed short, your hands can put harmful organisms in food which gets eaten by your customers. They may get sick from these harmful organisms. This is called "food borne illness" or "food poisoning". Soap and hot water will wash away harmful organisms.

Plastic gloves can also spread harmful organisms. Wash your hands before putting on gloves and change gloves between tasks. Remember to always wash your hands.

Work Only When You Are Well

If you feel sick you should not go to work. The harmful organisms you bring to work can spread when you sneeze and cough, and when you touch food, dishes, counters, utensils, forks, knives and spoons, pots, pans, and other people.

You must inform your employer if you are ill. You may be excluded from the establishment or restricted from handling food and/or clean dishes and can be re-assigned to other tasks. The following chart summarizes who is restricted or excluded.

Restricting and Excluding Food Service Employees
Health Status: Facilities NOT Serving Highly Suceptible Populations (HSP)* Facilities Serving Highly Suceptible Populations (HSP)*

Diagnosed with: Salmonella Typphi, Shigella spp., Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia Coli, Hepatitis A and Norovirus

Food borne illness symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea

Jaundice within the last 7 days



Persistent discharge from eyes, noes and mouth

A boil, infected wound or infected sore

Sore throat with fever

Exposed to a food borne illness outbreak caused by Salmonella Typhi, Shigella ssp., Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia Coli

Hand Jaundice more than 7 days ago


Must be reassigned work or tasks


Illness from Salmonella Typhi within the last 3 months or Shigella spp. or Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia Coli within the last month



HIV, AIDS, Blood-borne Hepatitis (Hepatitis B or C) or other conditions unrelated to the transmission of food borne illness (such as tuberculosis)



* Facilities serving highly susceptible populations include hospitals, nursing homes, or childcare facilities for preschool age children.

Returning to Work

An employee who has been excluded because of Salmonella typhi, Shigella spp., shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli, hepatitis A or Norovirus can ONLY return to work with written documentation from a doctor.

Take Care of How you Look and How you Act

You want to look clean and be clean when you are at work. Your clothes, apron, or uniform should be clean.

As you know, it is not healthy to smoke or use any form of tobacco. If you use tobacco, do not smoke or chew it while you are working or when you are near food or dishwashing areas. Smoke only while you are on a break. If you go outside to smoke, you must be at least 20 feet from a public entrance due to the Bryan/College Station smoking ordinance. After you smoke, wash your hands before you return to work.

All food handlers must wear some type of hair restraint, i.e. hair net, baseball cap, visor, etc. Facial hair may require a beard guard.

201 North Texas Avenue
Bryan, Texas 77803