Re: Do Hepatitis C Infected People Belong in the Food Preparation Business??

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Posted by mel on January 26, 2001 at 11:49:32:

In Reply to: Do Hepatitis C Infected People Belong in the Food Preparation Business?? posted by CoonAss Chef on December 26, 2000 at 16:04:14:

: Having recently moved to the Midwest, I was quite surprised with the strict health department. Never before had I heard of being 'gigged' for having bread on display in a European Bakery. Knowing this, I felt that the health dept. would see a life threating disease as a hazard to the general public & co-workers. Apparently not. Granted, when Universal Health Precautions are used the risk is very minimal. My fellow worker who has known for over 6 months that he has this almost always fatal disease DOES NOT use these precautions. He has not been vaccinated for Hepatitis A which is Food Borne, does NOT wear gloves or wash his hands on a regular basis. In fact, in 3 months of my tenure at this restaurant I have not seen him wash his hands EVER! Yet I have seen him cut his finger & his palm which were not tiny paper cuts.
: My PASSION has always been Creating new & unusual tasting dishes. My degree in Nursing & in Culinary Arts have given me a very deep awareness of the potential risks involved in the preparation of food whether in a restaurant or a private home. I spoke to management about my concerns & 'GEE REN, WUNDER WHAT HAPPENED???' The schedule for the following week was posted & I had No Hours. HMMMM
: I don't feel my concerns are unwarrented. I wish no harm to my co-worker nor do I think he should be fired for being an unfortunate victim of such a hideous disease. Yet I feel people with communicable diseases need to practice safe work habits as we all should.
: I'd like to hear the thoughts & opinions of others in the Food Industry.

ahhhh!!! ick! im just sickened! i do believe that if this person could and WOULD practice safety, he shouldnt be much of a concern. BUT he wont and neither will the manager apparently! my husband and i manage a cafe and if this were to happen at our place i would have a cow! personally, i would get the heck out of that place and do something about it, if you dont and something does happen youll feel worse about it. management apparently does not care so i wouldnt want to work there anyway. i would call the health department and possibly the labor board. if you think about it that person and the management are also putting YOUR health at risk! and what else it happening that you DONT know about????? good luck mel

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