b'What are the Top 3 Food Safety Defenses?Personal Habits Affect Food SafetyEating, drinking, and smoking at work:To prevent contamination and spills, you are not allowed to eat, drink, or use any type of tobacco in the food preparation area.Covered containers with straws are the exception to this rule. If you are drinking from a covered container with a straw, it is allowed as long as it is stored in a place where it cant spill onto food or food-contact surfaces.Hair restraints: Its important to keep your hands out of your hair, and your hair out of the food. You must restrain your hair, including long facial hair, any time youre working with food. You can restrain your hair with hair nets, hats, tight braids, ponytail holders, and barrettes.Fingernails: All fingernails, whether real or false, must be trimmed so that they are easy to clean underneath. If you wear nail polish or artificial nails, you must wear gloves at all times, not just when youre handling ready-to-eat foods. This applies even if youre using utensils; if you wear artificial nails, you would have to wear gloves when mixing batter with a spoon, for example.Jewelry: You dont want to lose a ring or bracelet into someones food, and your customers dont want to risk choking or chipping a tooth. Make sure you remove all jewelry on your arms or hands, including watches, before preparing food. Its also hard to effectively wash underneath jewelry. The one exception to this rule is wedding rings. You may wear your wedding ring as long as you cover it with a glove any time you are working with food.Personal items: You must keep your coats, purses, medicines, and all other personal items stored in a separate location, away from food, dishes, and towels or table linens.200 eFoodHhaannddlleerrssccoomm2'