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This module on personal hygiene is part of the Food Safety Knowledge Network's Basic Level resources for food manufacturers. This module was authored by Kevin Swoffer.

Welcome

Welcome to Introduction to Personal Hygiene .

This learning module is part of the Food Safety Knowledge Network Basic Level Program.

The Basic Level and Intermediate Level Programs were developed through a partnership between the Global Food Safety Initiative and Michigan State University to enhance the technical knowledge of individuals responsible for food safety, especially those working for small or less-developed businesses.

To learn more about the Food Safety Knowledge Network, please visit www.foodsafetyknowledgenetwork.org .

Module overview

A high standard of personal hygiene is essential, especially where open food is prepared or processed. Many potential physical contaminates such as hair or microbiological contaminates such as bacteria arise from direct contact with the person handling food during the preparation, storage, or distribution phase.

This Basic Level learning module covers the requirements for effective control and management of personal hygiene.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • system development
  • hand-washing
  • personal cleanliness
  • illness
  • personal behavior
  • visitor procedures.

Module objectives

Upon completion of this module you should be able to

  • instruct an individual on the principles of and reasons for good personal hygiene
  • provide specific knowledge about good personal hygiene practices
  • know the importance of developing and managing systems for good personal hygiene
  • identify a system for reporting illness.

System development

As the person responsible for food safety within the factory it is important to develop a system to ensure and monitor that the staff is fully aware of and uses

  • good personal cleanliness practices
  • good personal behavior practices
  • reporting processes for possible illnesses.

Any system will have to be clearly and concisely documented and communicated in detail to appropriate staff within the company. You must work closely with key company staff to ensure that they clearly understand the importance of such systems and how they can influence and achieve compliance.

Since the responsibility for food safety rests with you, direct verification of systems is extremely important for Basic Level requirements. You should personally and frequently monitor activities on a regular basis and record your findings.

Hand-washing

It is widely recognized that hands are a potential source of microbiological and chemical contamination. Food handlers, if poorly trained and managed, pose possibly the greatest risk of microbiological contamination; in short, they may unwittingly poison foods and thus consumers.

Frequent hand-washing and good personal hygiene practices will significantly minimize the risk of product contamination. You must establish and maintain a system that ensures food-handlers wash their hands

  • upon entering a food handling or processing area
  • immediately after using the toilet
  • after handling raw food or any contaminated material which could result in contamination of other food items
  • after using a handkerchief
  • after eating, drinking, or smoking
  • after handling equipment cleaning machines or equipment cleaning utensils.

Questions & Answers

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Kyle
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Adin
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Joe
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Damian Reply
research.net
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sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
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nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
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characteristics of micro business
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are you nano engineer ?
s.
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
Tarell
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
Virgil
is Bucky paper clear?
CYNTHIA
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
NANO
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
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s.
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for screen printed electrodes ?
SUYASH
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s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
Ebrahim
or in general
Ebrahim
in general
s.
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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