Violation #6 Hand Washing/Toilet Facilities

A. Hand Washing & Toilet Facilities: Adequate Number, Location, Design

Because hand washing is such an important factor in the prevention of foodborne illness, sufficient hand washing sinks must be available to make hand washing not only possible, but likely.

Adequate, sanitary toilet facilities are necessary for the proper disposal of human waste, which carries disease-causing microorganisms, and for preventing the spread of disease by flies and other insects.

B. Hand Washing & Toilet Facilities: Accessible

Food workers may be unlikely to wash their hands unless properly equipped hand washing sinks are accessible in the immediate work area. Hand washing sinks which are improperly located may be blocked by portable equipment or stacked full of soiled utensils and other items, rendering the sink unavailable for use. Nothing must block the approach to a hand washing sink, thereby discouraging its use.

C. Hand Washing & Toilet Facilities: Soap & Drying Devices

Hand washing sinks must be kept clean and well stocked with hand soap and hand towels to encourage frequent use. Hot and cold water must be provided through a mixing valve so employees can properly wash their hands.


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