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Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders
Group 2. Safe Practices and Personal Protection
Article 9. Sanitation
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§3368. Consumption of Food and Beverages.

(a) Application. This Section shall apply only where employees are permitted to consume food or beverages, or both, on the premises.

(b) Prohibited Areas. Food and beverages shall not be stored or consumed in a toilet room or in an area where they may be contaminated by any toxic material.

EXEMPTION: Penal institution gun posts containing a water closet and lavoratory and only one occupant per shift.

(c) Waste Disposal Containers. Receptacles constructed of smooth, corrosion-resistant, easily cleanable or disposable materials shall be provided and used for the disposal of food waste. The number, size and location of such receptacles shall encourage their use and not result in over filling. Receptacles containing food waste shall be emptied not less than once each working day and shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. They shall be provided with solid, tight-fitting covers unless sanitary conditions can be maintained without the use of covers.

(d) Food Handling/Service. All facilities providing food or beverage service for employees shall be operated in accordance with sound hygienic principles. Food shall be processed, prepared, handled, served and stored in such a manner as to be protected against contamination and spoilage.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.


1. Amendment filed 7-16-76; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 76, No. 29).

2. Amendment of subsections (b) and (d) filed 9-19-80; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 80, No. 38).

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