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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

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
learn
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da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
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Giriraj
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
revolt
da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
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