Other Operations Violation
Public Health Reason #15
Other Operations: Personnel: clean clothes, hair
Dirty clothing may harbor disease-causing microorganisms that are
transmissible through food to people. Food workers who inadvertently touch
their dirty clothing may contaminate their hands. This could result in
contamination of the food being prepared. Food may also be contaminated
through direct contact with dirty clothing. In addition, employees wearing
dirty clothes send a negative message to consumers about the level of
sanitation in the establishment. Consumers are particularly sensitive to
food contaminated by hair. Hair can be both a direct and indirect vehicle
of contamination. Food workers may contaminate their hands when they touch
their hair. A hair restraint keeps dislodged hair from ending up in the
food and may deter employees from touching their hair. Only authorized
workers can be in food preparation and ware washing areas. Unauthorized
individuals such as small children or friends of workers can contaminate
food or food contact surfaces.
Other Operations: Linen properly stored.
Soiled work clothing, cloth napkins, table cloths and wiping cloths
can contaminate food and food contact surfaces. These items must be
properly laundered between uses to prevent the transfer of microorganisms.
Proper storage of soiled work clothing, napkins, table cloths and wiping
cloths will reduce the possibility of contamination of food, equipment,
utensils and single service articles. If clothes washers and dryers are
provided in food establishments they must be located and installed to
prevent contamination of food and food contact surfaces.