The existing code requires that all employees thoroughly wash their hands before preparing food or donning gloves to work with food. It also requires the use of gloves any time an employee contacts food or food-contact surfaces when they have a cut, sore or rash on their hands. The law has been clarified to require hand-washing when changing gloves. It also prohibits an employees who has a wound that is open and draining from handling food unless covered. The owner also must require that employees report any open or draining wound to management, unless it is covered or protected.
In addition, the new law clarifies that a service animal in training, qualifies as a service animal, and deletes a requirement that the work or tasks performed by a service animal be directly related to an individual’s disability.
The California Restaurant Association (CRA) will distribute more information as regulators’ plans for enforcement become available.
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