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Wash Your Hands!

Wash your hands!

Wash your hands!

I was at a grocery store recently and came across this sign in the bathroom. I’m sure many of us have seen this sign before. I looked it up what this California state law was (something tells me it’s in the Health and Safety Code… call it a hunch) and found section 113953.3(a) which specifies a hand and arm washing procedure, including “vigorously rubbing together the surfaces of lathered hands for at least 10 to 15 seconds.”

The subsections of 113953.3 list out the situations in which hand and arm washing is required. Subsection (a)(3) says that employees shall wash their hands “After using the toilet room.”

Section 113953.3 applies to employees (defined in Health and Safety code 113770) of a food facility (defined in Health and Safety Code 113789(a)). A “food facility” means any “operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends, or otherwise provides food for human consumption at the retail level”. In my opinion, this would include both grocery stores and restaurants.

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Andy Chen

Andy I. Chen is a lawyer licensed to practice law in California and New York. Andy maintains offices in Los Altos, California and Modesto, California. Under the New York Court of Appeals' 2015 decision in Schoenefeld v. State of New York, Andy does not accept cases from those in New York state. He does, however, know many lawyers in New York state and would be happy to make a referral.

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