Violation #15 Other Operations

A. Other Operations: Personnel - Clean Clothes, Hair Restraints, Authorized Workers

Non-critical Violations
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.

B. Other Operations: Linen Properly Stored

Non-critical Violations
Soiled work clothing, cloth napkins, tablecloths, 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, tablecloths, 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.