Tip of the Week

One of the most important things your staff need to remember is frequent and effective handwashing.

We recommend that all staff are reminded weekly at a quick staff gathering to wash their hands using the following process:–

  • Wet hands
  • Apply soap
  • Rub hands together, covering backs of hands, palms, fingers and between fingers, for around 20 seconds
  • Rinse
  • Dry hands using blue roll and, if using hand operated taps, turn off taps using blue roll so clean hands are not re-infected

All staff to wash hands:–

  • On arrival at work
  • After changing into uniform
  • On entering or re-entering your work zone – every time!
  • After every change in task – especially important in the kitchen
  • After bringing in deliveries
  • After touching face, coughing, sneezing, going to bathroom, eating etc.
  • If using gloves – before putting gloves on and after removing them
  • Dining Room – after handling items used by student/staff (crockery, cutlery etc).


All handwash basins to be stocked with handwash soap and single use hand drying facilities – paper towels/blue roll/hand dryer.  All handwash basin and taps to be cleaned and sanitised frequently throughout the day. No nail brushes!

Weekly Food Fact

Did you know that 1 in 5 people do not wash their hands after using the bathroom.  Of those who do, only 30% use soap!  Hands need to be washed for 20 seconds or more with soap to effectively kill germs.  Bacteria and viruses can be found on over a quarter of our hands!

Do you run your school catering in-house? Download the brochure below for information on keeping your catering team compliant and up to date with the latest legislation

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