The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 suggests that anyone who works within food handling areas must maintain a high level of personal hygiene in order to prevent the spread of bacteria from the worker into food.
It is advisable and good practice that employees who work alone are medically assessed for fitness to handle, or work within close proximity of food products. The purpose of a Food handler assessment is to ensure the employee does not have any medical condition which could expose them to a higher degree of risk while working alone i.e. carrying a disease likely to be transmitted through food, presence of infected wounds or sores, or the presence of diarrhoea.
Food handler medical assessments include the following:
- Level 1 – Provision of a confidential questionnaire
- Level 2 – Clinical assessment with an Occupational Health Advisor and where clinically indicated, stool samples may be requested.
- Provision of fitness to work Report, restrictions and recommendations
- Anonymous statistics
Sources of further information
- Medical standards for food handling from the Food Standards Agency
- Medical standards for food handling guidance
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