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Improper Hand Washing – Illinois Food Handlers Card

Apr 12, 2024 | Food Handler

Improper Hand Washing – Illinois Food Handlers Card


When it comes to food safety, Illinois prioritizes the well-being of its residents and visitors. Whether you’re a chef, cook, or food service professional, obtaining the Illinois Food Handlers Card is essential. In this blog post, we’ll explore the significance of food safety in the Land of Lincoln and why Ace Food Handler is the ideal choice for certification.

Improper Hand Washing: A Recipe for Disaster

Improper hand washing is a common culprit behind foodborne illnesses. Neglecting proper hygiene practices can lead to the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses. Here are some key points about hand washing:

  1. Correct Technique: Always use warm running water and soap. Scrub your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, covering all surfaces—backs of hands, wrists, between fingers, and under fingernails.
  2. Common Causes of Foodborne Illnesses:
    • Inadequate Hand Washing: Skipping hand washing or not doing it correctly.
    • Working While Ill: Sick employees can contaminate food.
    • Cross Contamination: Transfer of harmful microorganisms from one surface to another.
    • Inadequate Cooking Temperatures: Undercooked food can harbor pathogens.
    • Inadequate Temperature Control: Improper storage temperatures allow bacteria to thrive.
  3. Danger Zone: The temperature range between 41°F and 135°F is considered the “danger zone.” Food left in this range can promote bacterial growth.
  4. Virus Spread: Hepatitis A can be transmitted by a worker who doesn’t wash their hands properly.

Why Choose Ace Food Handler?

When obtaining your Illinois Food Handlers Card, consider the following reasons to choose Ace Food Handler:

  1. Legal Compliance:
    • Illinois Requirement: As of July 1, 2014, food handlers in Illinois who don’t hold a Food Service Sanitation Manager certificate must receive training in basic food safety handling principles from ANSI-accredited providers.
    • Renewal: Training must be renewed every three years.
    • Quality Assurance: ANSI accreditation ensures credibility and competence, making results reliable and legally compliant.
  2. Comprehensive Curriculum:
    • Our course covers essential topics:
      • Personal Hygiene: Proper handwashing, grooming, and attire.
      • Cross-Contamination Prevention: Safeguarding against foodborne illnesses.
      • Temperature Control: Ensuring safe food storage and preparation.
      • Allergen Awareness: Identifying and managing allergens.
    • Flexible Learning: Complete the course online, 24/7, at your own pace.
  3. Certification:
    • Upon passing the assessment, you’ll receive an ANSI-accredited food handler certificate.
    • Nationwide Recognition: Your certification is valued across the country.
  4. Why Choose ACE Food Handler?
    • Quality Education: Our curriculum aligns with industry standards.
    • Expertise: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredits our courses.
    • Affordability: We believe in accessible education. Our pricing won’t break the bank.
    • Safety First: Prioritize food safety for your career and your customers.
    • Knowledge is Key: Stay informed about best practices.


By prioritizing proper hand washing and obtaining your Illinois Food Handlers Card through Ace Food Handler, you contribute to a safer food environment. Let’s keep Illinois’ tables safe and healthy—one certification at a time! 🌟🧼🍽️

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