Food Safety Operations Resource Guide

Standard Operating Procedures

Personal Hygiene


PURPOSE:  To prevent contamination of food by foodservice employees.



  1. Follow the District Employee Health Policy.
  2. Report to work in good health, clean, and dressed in clean attire.
  3. Change apron when it becomes soiled.
  4. Wash hands properly, frequently, and at the appropriate times.
  5. Keep fingernails trimmed, filed, and maintained so that the edges are cleanable and not rough.
  6. Do not wear artificial fingernails or fingernail polish.
  7. Wear single-use gloves.
  8. Do not wear any jewelry except for a plain ring such as a wedding band.
  9. Treat and bandage wounds and sores immediately.  When hands are bandaged, single-use gloves must be worn.
  10. Cover a lesion containing pus with a bandage.  If the lesion is on a hand or wrist, cover with an impermeable cover such as a finger cot or stall and a single-use glove.
  11. Eat, drink, use tobacco, or chew gum only in designated break areas where food or food contact surfaces may not become contaminated.  Only drinks that have covered lids and straws may be consumed in these designated areas.
  12. Taste food the correct way:
  13. Wear a hair net while in the kitchen.
  14. Before working on the serving line, employees will check appearance.
  • Place a small amount of food into a separate container.
  • Step away from exposed food and food contact surfaces.
  • Use a teaspoon to taste the food.  Remove the used teaspoon and container to the dish room.  Never reuse a spoon that has already been used for tasting.
  • Wash hands immediately.
  • Hair should be neatly arranged.
  • Clothing and apron should be clean.
  • Make-up (if worn) should be fresh.



The foodservice manager will inspect employees when they report to work to be sure that each foodservice employee is following this SOP.



Retrain any foodservice employee found not following the procedures in this SOP.



The foodservice manager will record in personnel records, any personal hygiene issues with an employee.

Standard Operating Procedures

Employee Health Policy

PURPOSE: To prevent the spread of food borne illnesses through the transmission of food.


PRODECURES: All school foodservice employees must follow these procedures for illnesses:

  1. Foodservice employees must report any illnesses that are transmissible through food, including the date of the onset of the following illnesses:
    1. Salmonella
    2. Shigella
    3. Escherichia Coli (E-Coli)
    4. Hepatitis A
  2. If an employee is diagnosed with Salmonella, Shigella, E-Coli or Hepatitis A, the foodservice manager must notify the county health department.
  3. The foodservice employee must report to the foodservice manager any of the following symptoms:
    1. Diarrhea
    2. Fever
    3. Vomiting
    4. Jaundice
    5. Sore throat with fever
  4. Foodservice employees must inform the foodservice manager of boils, burns, cuts and infected wounds on the hands, wrists or exposed portions of an arm.  If the foodservice employee can wear a non-penetrable cover (such as a finger cot) and a glove, the foodservice manager may assign other duties that do not involve food preparation.
  5. Foodservice employees must notify the foodservice manager if they have been ill within:
    1. the past 3 months with Salmonella
    2. the past month with Shigella, E-Coli, or Hepatitis A
  6. Foodservice employees must report to the foodservice manager if:
    1. They have been suspected of causing or have been exposed to Salmonella, Shigella, E-Coli or Hepatitis A or
    2. They live in the same household with a person with one of the afore listed diseases or
    3. They live in the same household with a person who has been exposed to one of the afore listed diseases.
  7. The foodservice manager must exclude or restrict all foodservice employees that have been diagnosed with Salmonella, Shigella, E-Coli, Hepatitis A. or Jaundiced (within the last 10 calendar day).
  8. The foodservice manager must obtain approval from the county health department and must have a written medical statement from a licensed physician that specifies that the ill foodservice employee may return to work (prepare food).




  1. 1.    The foodservice manager will observe employees for boils, burns, cuts and infected wounds on hands, wrists and exposed portions of arms.
  2. 2.    The foodservice manager will observe employees for the following diseases:  Salmonella, Shigella, E-Coli, and Hepatitis A.
  3. 3.    The foodservice manager will observe employees for any of the following symptoms:  diarrhea, fever, vomiting, jaundice and sore throat with fever.



  1. The foodservice manager will require all employees with boils, burns, cuts and infected wounds on hands, wrists and exposed portions of arms to wear a non-penetrable cover (such as a finger cot) and a glove.  The manager may assign other duties that do not involve food preparation.
  2. The foodservice manager must report to the district Child Nutrition Director, any employees that display symptoms of Salmonella, Shigella, E-Coli, Hepatitis A., and/or any of the following symptoms:  diarrhea, fever, vomiting, jaundice and sore throat with fever.  The child nutrition director will determine what actions need to be taken regarding the employee.



All health related records will be maintained in each employee’s district personnel file.

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