Serving Food Not Germs

Servers are in Charge of handling and delivering food. They serve as the ‘Middle Man’ between the customers and the kitchen. The Customers trust the servers and their establishment to uphold a clean and healthy atmosphere.

Germs spread rapidly. Some can even be life threatening. A person likely to have a compromised immune system would be a child or a senior citizen. These particular individuals are at a higher risk for illness.

It is important that all food service staff adhere to health codes. Stay home when sick and learn to use proper cleanse and sanitation methods. Kitchen staff must be trained well on cross contamination, using equipment properly, and how to cook & store meat, poultry, and seafood at proper temperatures.

ServSafe is a website that provides information and training on proper prep, heating, handling, storing methods, and covers health and sanitation, but despite this training people still may become sick due to airborne pathogens. If you plan to work in any food and beverage related industry; Kitchen staff, servers aka wait staff, bartenders, banquet servers, and other catering services then you are required by law to take the Food Safety Handlers certification course.

What type of sickness justifies staying home?

If you wake up with mucous running from your nose, have a fever, headache, feel too dizzy to stand, are vomiting, have diarrhea, or your throat is so swollen that you sound like a 50 year old woman with a 30 year smoke habit (only your name happens to be Paul and haven’t even hit your 30th birthday yet) then I would say its safe to call in sick for the day. I would also advise you make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor can assist you with a speedy recovery, and provide you with a note to excuse your absence from work.

6 Ways to stay healthy and avoid too many sick calls

  1. Dragon breathe lost its popularity in the dark ages, so please, do us all a favor and brush those pearly whites. Your health and your coworkers will thank you.
  2. Wash your hands after using the bathroom, touching any contaminated surface, or touching any open area of your skin (eyes, ears, mouth, nose) Let us not forget…head, shoulders, knees & toes.
  3. Shower Daily. Twice if necessary. Also, Food is not so appetizing if your server is subjected to your body odor.
  4. Maintain a healthy diet. The less garbage you put in your body, the more healthy you will be. Foods that are greasy, high in fat, or high in sugar, make the body work harder to process and break down. They contain toxins that stay in the body longer and bog down your immune system. Try to keep a colorful diet (and I don’t mean skittles) such as leafy greens, fruits, high fiber grains, nuts, probiotics such as fat free yogurt, and keep red meat consumption to 1-3 servings a week. Poultry or fish is a better options for protein, or Legumes and lentils- for the vegetarian.
  5. Take a multivitamin daily. We do not always consume enough nutrients in our diets on a daily basis. Taking a multivitamin can assist us in covering those gaps.
  6. Avoid contact with sick people. This is seemingly unavoidable if you have children. However if you practice good hygiene with your child they will likely have a good general health.