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10 Steps to Improving Hand Hygiene

Certain bacteria can remain active on our hands for up to three hours. During this time that bacteria can spread to everything that we touch in day to day life.

Why Hand Hygiene is important?
  • Millions of germs are picked up by our hands during everyday activities. Many of these are harmless but some can cause such illnesses as colds, flu and stomach bugs.
  • It is because of the above illnesses that hand hygiene is essential, as it is to prevent the transfer of germs to other people and surfaces.
How to wash your hands
  • Wet hands with water and apply soap or hand wash.
  • Rub hands palm to palm.
  • Rub palm over the back of the other hand with interlaced fingers, and vice versa.
  • Rub palm to palm with interlaced fingers.
  • Back of the fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked.
  • Using your clenched first clean individual fingers, and vice versa.
  • Rotational rubbing, backwards and forwards with clasped fingers of right hand in left palm and vice versa.
  • Rinse hands under running warm water.
  • Dry hand thoroughly with a paper towel or air dryer.
  • Use your elbow or paper towel to turn off the tap.

The above information is for guidance only, and should not be used as a substitute for recognized training. Help promote good personal hygiene, at your workplace today with our hand washing posters, and keep the germs away!