Worker Health and Hygiene

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Farm workers are the backbone of Washington agriculture, but they can also be a direct source of contamination.

Because bacteria found in human feces, blood, and bodily fluids compromise produce safety, it’s key that employees who are involved in growing, harvesting, and packing produce understand the part they play in keeping our food supply safe. This means making sure employees are trained prior to starting work and on a regular basis afterward.

As a farm operator, you should take steps to develop worker hygiene policies, appropriately train all employees on these policies, and document worker hygiene training.

The resources below provide more information on worker health and hygiene and how to develop your own farm safety practices and employee trainings.