GREENSBORO, NC -- When's the last time you noticed those hand washing signs in the restroom of your favorite restaurant? You might think it's sad they have to remind workers to wash their hands. Chef Keith Gardiner with G-T-C-C's Culinary Technology Departments says the health department requires them -- as an extra safety precaution.
Keith says, "The rule is any time you do come back into the kitchen from doing anything, you should wash your hands again. So even if you wash your hands here in the restroom you still got to go and wash your hands again.
The problem with not washing your hands again - someone that didn't wash their hands when they left the restroom had to open that door and then you grab the door your hands are contaminated again."
Keith says, "The primary thing you have to be concerned with not washing hands are viruses - things like Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B. People who may have it or have come in contact with it. If they don't have that, you could also have get E. coli."
Restaurants can lose up to two points for not having a hand washing sign in the restrooms.