The Importance of Food Hygiene Workwear
When working in the food industry, there are food hygiene legal requirements that need to be followed and inspections are thorough. The main purpose of food hygiene workwear is to minimise cross-contamination. As well as damage to company reputation, slip ups in food manufacturing and service can cause major health issues to consumers, resulting in serious legal consequences. All businesses should strive for a ‘very good’ food hygiene rating which can then be displayed to customers. All food handlers and processers must be given full food hygiene training before starting in a new role which must be updated periodically and alongside regulation updates.
Food Industry Workwear
Cover and enclose all hair using specifically designed hats and/or hair nets
Always wear disposable gloves when handling food and replace after every hand wash, contamination and damage to the gloves
Disposable coveralls for food processing in various colours, with/without hood
Food safety standard, easy clean footwear. This should be non-slip for health & safety and full enclosed. Clogs and work boots are popular choices and safety wellingtons are also often used in the industry. View all our food hygiene footwear here.
It is vital to wear different clothes at work to those outside of the workspace. These should be clean every day and are often white to show any stains that may occur. These items should cover the majority of the body. For example, chef’s trousers and chef jackets or coveralls.
GMTS food safety workwear is specifically designed to be fully compliant with current food hygiene regulations and practices. Our workwear is manufactured using quality materials and with tremendous attention to detail, including triple stitched seams, multi-pockets, waterproof fabrics, breathable fabrics and high quality Velcro fastenings. Protective food clothing workwear products are manufactured to withstand hard work and tough working conditions. View all of our food industry workwear here.
Food Safety Tips
In addition to workwear for food hygiene, there are many other steps workers need to abide by to meet regulations. These surround food storage, preparation and regular kitchen cleaning. Personal cleanliness is of the upmost importance and you can view some of our tips below…
- Jewellery must be removed at all times and make up should be minimal to avoid anything getting in the food.
- Clean hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds after every bathroom visit, touching the face or hair, before/during/after food preparation, before and after eating, after handling raw meat and other high risk foods, after blowing your nose or sneezing, and after using door handles and touching any bins or garbage.
- Dry hands properly after washing using disposable towel so that bacteria does not spread.
- If you have been unwell, especially with sickness or diarrhoea, you should not be in contact with any food until 48 hours since the last symptoms.
- Always start work with excellent personal hygiene and clean uniform.