The Importance of Handwashing for California Food Handlers
The most important job anyone in the food service industry has is not making anyone sick. Proper hand washing is critical in keeping customers safe by preventing food contamination. Through the handling or preparing of food, food handlers often get bacteria like E. coli, Salmonella, and norovirus on their hands that can only be removed by thorough handwashing.
It’s extremely important for food handlers to wash their hands frequently while working, even if using gloves. When using gloves, food handlers should still wash their hands before putting them on and in between glove changes. Another key aspect of proper handwashing is using a designated handwashing sink, as using a sink that has had food in it can cause bacteria to get onto your hands, rendering the handwashing useless.
What is proper handwashing?
Properly washing your hands means following these simple steps:
- Wet your hands under warm running water
- Apply soap and rub your hands together for 20 seconds, washing your hands, wrists, between your fingers, and under your fingernails
- Rinse off the soap in running water
- Dry your hands thoroughly with either a paper towel or hand dryer
Food safety is everything in the food service industry and the easiest way to maintain it is by washing your hands frequently and properly. It’s quick, easy, and helps keep your customers safe and your business successful.
ACE Food Handler's food handlers card training and test uses the latest instructional design techniques to help you retain food safety concepts so you are ready to work.
The description below applies to most of our food handlers card training course, however due to the varying array of requirements across the nation, your course might be a little different. Find your state county and city above to learn more about food handler training for your area.
Food Handler Course Content:
Frequently Asked Questions
A food handlers card (also commonly referred to as a certificate, card, or permit) is used as documentation to prove to employers and/or health departments that you have completed a food safety course that is approved and/or recognized by your city, coutny, or state Health Authority. It is valid for 2 to 4 years depending on your local government requirments.
This varies by employeers and city, county, and state governements. It is best to ask your employer (current or future) or Local Health Authority about when you will need to aquire your food handler card based on your employement date.
ACE Food Handler works with numberjous health departments and regulatory agencies across the country. ACE Food Handler’s food handlers card courses are created to meet the requirements of specific city, coutny, and state requirements. If you have questions about your city, county or state requirements please call your employer (current or future) and/or you Local Health Authority.
A food handlers card, permit, or certificate for your area. You will be able to print or download your food handler certificate after you have received a passing score on the final exam. You will also be emailed a PDF a copy of your certificate to the email address you provided so please check your inbox and/or spam box also.
If your food handlers card, certificate, or permit has expired, you will need to purchase a new course for your state and retake your states food handler training and test to get your new card. Click here to find your State
If you need to reprint your current card, login and go to the Start My Course. From there, you can click on the name of your Certificate under the heading "My Certificates" on the right hand side of the screen and print or download your food handler or alcohol seller/server card or certificate for free.
If you need to track your employees or restaurants food handler certifications we offer:
- Custom Portals
- Custom Coupons
- Reporting by Store and Company Levels
- Variable Access Levels
- Contact ACE for a Custom Solution for your Business
Below are a list of Food Handler and Alcohol Seller/Sever Resources you can use
Food Safety Resources
Alcohol Seller/Server Resources