Hepatitis A can be spread from sick food workers to customers. In order to keep your customers safe and healthy, consider the following tips:
- Never come to work if you are sick with diarrhea or vomiting. Remain away from work for at least 24 hours after your symptoms have disappeared.
- If you have been diagnosed with E-coli, salmonella, shigella, or hepatitis A notify your manager.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water.
- Wear gloves when handling food.
Food service establishments can play an important role in limiting the spread of diseases like hepatitis A. Because hepatitis A can be foodborne, please consider taking the following steps to help reduce the spread of this virus:
- Ensure employees who are sick with either diarrhea or vomiting do not come to work. Do not allow these employees to return to work for at least 24 hours after their symptoms have disappeared.
- Notify your local health department if any of your employees are diagnosed with E-coli, salmonella, shigella, or hepatitis A.
- Consider vaccinating your employees against hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is one of the few foodborne illnesses that can be prevented by vaccination. Contact your local health department for more information.
- Maintain a clean food preparation area.
If you become sick with diarrhea or vomiting, or are diagnosed with E-coli, salmonella, shigella, or hepatitis A after eating at a restaurant notify the public health department by clicking here.