Advice to persons suffering from suspected food poisoning
Environmental Health Officers investigate:
to discover where you may have contracted the illness.
It is important to realise that other types of illness can be confused with food poisoning and the onset times of some food poisoning can be over ten days after consumption of the contaminated or unsafe food.
To help us investigate we will want to know;
We will also need to establish whether persons with the illness, or members of their families, are employed in high-risk occupations, such as working with food, the elderly or the very young. These occupations are considered high risk as they offer a potential route for the spread of the illness. where an investigating officer considers it necessary for an infected person to avoid high-risk work, they will advise them accordingly.
What you must do if you are ill
Observing strict personal hygiene is very important to avoid infecting others and reinfecting yourself.
In particular you should remember the following rules:
Young children tend to be less strict in their personal hygiene and accordingly, may be more likely to pass on the infection. Babies and toddlers in nappies will need special attention. where possible, disposable nappies should be used. You should take great care to ensure they are disposed of carefully. Thoroughly wash hands when nappy changing is complete.
If towelling nappies are used, you should rinse them in the normal way and then boil wash.
You should carry nappy changing out in a separate room, and not in areas where food is prepared.
Rubber gloves should be worn as an added precaution when washing/handling soiled nappies, clothing or bed linen.
Food handlers suspected of suffering from a form of food poisoning, including diarrhoea and/or vomiting must inform the owner of the business or their line manager immediately. You should not continue working with open food while suffering from this disease/condition.
We recommend that any food handler who suspects they are suffering from food poisoning seeks advice and confirmation from a medical practitioner.
Food handlers should only consider returning to work when:
Food handlers who have been ill must inform their manager of their intention to return to work. It will then be the owner or line manager's decision whether this is acceptable for food safety.
Swimming pool and spa pools
Guidance issued by the Health Protection Agency indicates that bathers should not use swimming or spa pools if they have had diarrhoea within the last 14 days.
For further information please contact Environmental Health on 01883 732841 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to us at:
Tandridge District Council
8 Station Road East
Oxted Surrey RH8 0BT
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