Why you can't work with food while sick

Alastair McLeod

2m 57s


Lesson Details

As any hospitality employee knows, it can be difficult to call in sick to work. You’re worried about leaving your team understaffed, taking a hit on your paycheck, and the impact a sickie may have on your future rosters.

But while calling in sick because you’re hungover or can’t be bothered working are deeply frowned upon, a good boss will never punish you for calling in sick when it’s legitimate. In fact, a good boss knows that it’s in everyone’s best interest for a sick person to stay away from the kitchen!

Handling food when you’re sick can put your co-workers and customers in harm’s way and can completely ruin your venue’s reputation. If an employee’s germs contaminate a meal and make a customer sick in turn, it can signal the end of a food business!

In this lesson for back of house staff, chef and TV personality Alastair McLeod explains why working with food while sick is an absolute no-no.

Learn hospitality skills for today’s world, including:

  • Why working with food while sick is a risk not worth taking
  • The most common illnesses that people come to work with – but shouldn’t!
  • How to prevent bacteria from spreading in the kitchen


Alastair McLeod

Owner of Al’FreshCo

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