GREENSBORO, NC -- Health inspectors cited a restaurant for not having a handwash sign by its sink. Do workers really need to be reminded? Chef and GTCC culinary instructor Keith Gardiner tells us why the sign is important in this Restaurant Report Card lesson.
Keith says the regulation states the sign needs to be near the hand sink to remind employees to wash their hands whenever they are changing task or after they have used the restroom. "I think most kitchen employees know they need to wash their hands but it does - if there somebody new or something - it might just remind them and reinforce it while there new on the job."
Keith says, "Hand washing is the number one thing you can do to prevent food borne illness of any type for anybody, prevent contaminating the food. I mean this is what we use to handle the food, and the more you wash your hands, the safer your customers are going to be. That goes for at home too. That's the number one thing you can do to prevent food borne illness - bar none."
Restaurants can lose up to two points for this violation.