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Employee Health Policy

Food employees and conditional employees must be informed in a way that can be verified of their responsibility to relay to the person in charge of the facility information about their health and activities as it relates to diseases that are transmissible through food. Food Services management may use the Employee Reporting Agreement provided here as a verifiable way to prove they have relayed this information to their employees.

Why is this important?

1 in 6

According to the CDC's research as of 2011,

  1. about 1 in 6 ( or 48 million ) people gets sick each year from contaminated food,
  2. the most common foodborne illnesses are caused by norovirus ( also known as the "stomach bug" ) and by the bacteria Salmonella among other agents.
  3. Athough Salmonella infection accounts for $365 million in direct medical costs each year,
  4. Norovirus is the leading cause of illness and outbreaks from contaminated food in the United States.
  5. Most Norovirus outbreaks occur in food service settings like restaurants with infected workers as the source of the contamination.
Please reference rule 511-6-1-.03  for the complete explanation of the Employee Health Policy. You may also use the Employee Health Policy HSP Quick Reference Chart as a guide for facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes and pre-schools serving highly susceptible populations ( the elderly, immunocompromised, or preschool age children). The Employee Health Policy Quick Reference Chart can be used for all other food service facilites that do not primarily serve highly susceptible populations. If an employee is diagnosed with a foodborne illness, it is the manager's responsibility to report this to the Health Department and the employee may not return to work without Health Departmant clearance.
For your convienience, the state of Georgia Department of Public Health has developed medical clearance forms to aid managers to fully comply with code requirements. These aids were developed to help facilities in their efforts to draft a local employee health policy and are not intended to soley serve as your written Employee Health Policy.



Clayton County Board of Health
Office of Environmental Health Services

1 Crown Center 1895 Phoenix Blvd, Suite 350 College GA 30349
Phone: (678) 610-7469   Fax: (770) 603-4874