The importance of food safety can't be understated.
According to the CDC, one in six Americans gets sick from contaminated food or drinks yearly. Much of the time, this contamination has to do with mishandling food. One of the easiest ways to prevent this issue from happening is by properly using disposable food safe gloves.
Today, we will tell you how to train your employees to wear food handling gloves properly. Stocking food safe gloves is one thing, but if your employees aren't using them properly, you're still at risk of getting your customers sick.
It doesn't have to be complicated. Keep reading, and we'll give you a short guide for using restaurant gloves so that your restaurant stays as safe as possible.
What Are the Best Gloves for Food Service?
As one of the top sellers of disposable gloves, we know how important it is to get food grade gloves. Choosing just any vinyl disposable gloves isn't going to cut it, you need something specifically manufactured for food safety.
Our wide selection of food safe gloves comes in a variety of materials and thicknesses. If you're going to be preparing shellfish and poultry, you may want to consider thicker nitrile disposable gloves. In bakeries and patisseries, where more delicate food prep is occurring, you may want thinner latex disposable gloves.
Choose the right gloves for the type of food prep you're doing. If your employees are performing a variety of tasks, stock more than one type of glove. Make sure that you're getting different glove sizes for different employees. When the gloves are too large, they may slide off and when they're too small, they could break.
How to Put on and Take Off Gloves the Right Way
When using disposable food safe gloves, there's a specific way you should be putting them on and taking them off. The first thing to do is wash your hands before putting them on. If you're not changing tasks, you don't have to worry about rewashing your hands every time you change gloves.
After you choose your gloves (making sure to pick the right size), hold them by the edge so you're not touching them. Once they're on, make sure that there aren't any rips in the material, and then you're ready to start handling the food.
There are a few things you should never do with disposable gloves, including blowing into the gloves before using them. Not only is this unsanitary, but it can make them more likely to rip when you put them on.
Don't roll them up to make them easier to put on. If you've chosen the right size, the glove should go on snugly but easily.
Never wash or reuse the gloves under any circumstances. There's a reason you buy these gloves in the thousands - they're disposable. Always change the gloves if they're ripped, when changing tasks, and after handling raw meat/seafood/poultry.
Get Your Disposable Food Safe Gloves ASAP
If you're a restaurateur, disposable food safe gloves should be a staple in your inventory. Your employees should never be without them, so make sure they're fully trained in everything we've discussed here.
To order your gloves, head over to our online shop today and choose from a variety of materials and thicknesses in a range of sizes.