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Hospital Food Hygiene Assurance and the Role of Food Handlers’ Perception

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Background: Food related gastrointestinal infection is an important issue in hospitals. The practice of food hygiene in hospital by food handlers is necessary in lowering foodborne disease outbreak risk. Food handlers have important role to prevent food borne diseases in the hospital. The aim of this study was to describe the knowledge, attitude and practice of food handlers and their role on hospital food hygiene assurance. Method: This study was designed as a preliminary study using qualitative method approach and carried out between May and June 2016. A total of ten food handlers from three type C hospitals participated in this study. Some in-depth interviews and observation were conducted to explore food handlers’ knowledge, attitude and practice in preventing food borne infection and improving food safety. Results: The study found that all food handlers were aware that there are many microorganism hazards in their workplace, so they agreed that they have to follow the personal hygiene procedures during food handling in the hospital. The majority (7) of the participants had never been participated in any food safety training. All participants relatively had good knowledge and positive attitudes, but only three of them showed proper practice in hand hygiene and complied with the PPE procedures. Conclusion: This study also showed that behavior-based training and safety talk activities were needed to improve employees’ practices in food safety in hospital.
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Keywords: Food Handlers’ Perception; Food Safety; Hospital Kitchen; Personal Hygiene

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Occupational Health and Safety, Faculty of Public Health, Diponegoro University, Semarang, 50237, Indonesia 2: Faculty of Medicine Gadjah Mada University, Jogjakarta, 55281, Indonesia 3: Department of Health Promotion and Behavior Studies, Faculty of Public Health, Diponegoro University, Semarang, 50237, Indonesia

Publication date: April 1, 2017

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