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.
- 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.
- 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!