b'Defense #3:Prevent Cross ContaminationWashing Dishes in a DishwasherIf your workplace has a dishwashing machine that uses chemicals and heat to sanitize, you can use it to wash, rinse and sanitize plates and dishes. Your Person in Charge must make sure you are trained to properly operate the dishwasher, including monitoring temperature gauges and sanitizer levels.Follow these steps to ensure proper washing, rinsing and sanitizing:Scrape food off the plates before loading them onto the rack.Stack dishes in dish racks, making sure that water can reach both sides of each plate.Turn cups, mugs, glasses and bowls upside down so they dont become filled with water during the cycle.Make sure plates and flatware are standing up in the racks, not laid flat.Let dishes air dry for at least 1-2 minutes; do not use a towel, which can contaminate the clean dishes.Dont touch any surface that a guests mouth will touch with your bare hands.Store concave items like bowls, pots and pans upside down.When you put items away, make sure utensils are kept on a shelf thats at least six inches off the ground and in a clean, dry spot.Follow these steps to ensure proper washing, rinsing and sanitizing:Look for spots and stains.Look for bits of food the dishwasher didnt fully remove.Make sure theres no soap left on the dishes.Check for chips, cracks, or other damage that might have occurred during handling.Feel dishes to make sure theyre hot to the touch from the 140 F water.eFoodHhandlers.com 3 333'