Hygiene in the food service and hospitality industry is of great importance. Thankfully there is a way for food handlers to accept cash and eliminate interaction with notes and coins.
From fast-food outlets and supermarkets to cafes and bakeries, any business serving and handling food takes hygiene seriously. So how should cash handling and hygiene be approached?
For food retail businesses, like greengrocers, butchers and fishmongers, local regulations in most countries are clear on managing food safety and handling cash.
In the first instance, separate staff should be used for working with food and taking payments.
Where this is not possible, employees are expected to either wash their hands between handling food and cash or make sure they do not come into contact with the food at all, by using gloves for example.
But there is another way: closed cash management maintains hygiene standards by eliminating staff interaction with notes and coins altogether.