Ill Food Worker
The Food Protection Program of the Connecticut
Department of Public Health designed this educational campaign as part of a Health Impact Study funded in part by the CDC’s Environmental Health Specialist Network (EHSNet)*.
The study objective was to decrease the occurrence of restaurant-associated norovirus outbreaks potentially caused by food workers working while ill with vomiting or diarrhea by educating food workers and managers.
The materials were developed to: inform workers of the need to report illness and to not work when they are ill; assist management in promoting open communication with food workers; provide a resource for additional information on employee health policies; increase reporting of illness by food workers to management; and increase the required reporting of ill food workers by management to the local health department.
Campaign Educational Materials:
The FDA Model Food Code has several sample forms related to employee health to help employees and management develop employee health policies and procedures.
Form 1-A Food Employee Interview
Form 1-B Food Employee Reporting Agreement
Form 1-C Food Employee Medical Referral
Food Establishments should contact their Local Health Department if they would like copies of the posters and pamphlets.
Local Health Departments should contact the Food Protection Program if they need more copies.
*EHSNet: (pronounced S-Net) is a collaborative forum of environmental health specialists whose mission is to improve environmental health. http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/EHSNet