Worker Health and Hygiene

This section outlines how to make sure workers know about food safety risks, understand how they can reduce risks while they are working, and have the resources required to properly do their jobs. Because workers are present in the fruit and vegetable growing and packing environments, their health and hygiene practices and other actions directly affect the safety of produce. An effective worker health, hygiene, and training program can only happen with grower commitment and oversight. The University of Tennessee in conjunction with Cornell University and the University of Minnesota created decision trees to help growers assess the risks on their farm, as well as food safety template language, record-keeping logs and sample SOPs that you can download and tailor to your needs.