According to Safework Australia, Work Health and Safety laws “requires a business to take care of the health, safety and welfare of your workers, including you, your staff, contractors and volunteers, and others at your workplace”. With the constant concern of the global pandemic, employers must be continually sourcing updated information from Safe Work Australian and the Australian Government on maintaining safe food practices in the office.
The best ways to ensure safe food practices at work is for managers or employer to carry out a risk assessment to identify areas that require preventive measures to be put in place.
Here are some helpful tips for maintaining safe food practices in the office
Clean High Traffic Surfaces
Ensure you provide a government-approved cleaning and disinfectant plan that is carried out on a daily basis. Particular attention should be shown to frequently touched surfaces and areas such as communal areas where snacks are consumed. Utilising disinfectant wipes is extremely helpful in removing bacteria or any harmful viruses that are left on surfaces. Guidance from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention , on cleaning workspaces can be found here
Promote Hygiene Practices
Hygiene at the workplace is essential to stop the spread of germs. Ensure you have lots of antibacterial soap, warm water and hand sanitiser in all areas of the office, especially in areas where food is consumed or prepared. To ensure staff adhere to hygiene rules, signs relating to washing hands and how to wash your hands properly are visual cue, you can add to a communal area where office healthy office snacks are enjoyed. Our Snack box comes with sanitiser to promote safe food practices in offices.
Communicate Safe Food Practices
Communication is key in maintaining safe food practices at work. Staff should be regularly provide training on safe working practices at work. Signage and posters are a great way to remind staff daily, of safe food practice that can protect themselves from illness. These can include visual cues on how to wash hands their hands properly and how to store food correctly.
Swap Out Communal Snack Bowls for Individually Packaged Snacks
What we love about our snack boxes here at Snacks With Bite is that all our snacks come in individually packaged as single-serving size snacks. Not only does this stop you from overeating, but it avoids the spread of germs so everyone can enjoy their snacks together but safely.
Healthy snacking or sharing food at the workplace is extremely important in fostering relationships and building a team. We want your team to enjoy their office snacks safely to focus on what is important. After all at Snacks With Bite we are all about working hard but snacking harder.
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