Dec 12, 2017
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Proper Hand Washing can Keep You Healthy

Flu season is upon us and the number one way to keep healthy this flu season is to wash your hands continuously throughout the day. Hand washing awareness week is December 4-10th. What better way to reinforce to everyone the extreme importance of washing their hands consistently during the day to avoid spreading germs.

Hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of illness according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Frequent hand-washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness. Hand washing requires only soap and water. Keep in mind that anti-bacterial soap is no more effective at killing germs than regular soap.

Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and warm water.

When should you wash your hands?

  • When you start your shift
  • Before applying plastic gloves
  • When hands look or feel dirty
  • Before and after eating, drinking, and smoking
  • Before handling food
  • After using the restroom
  • After handling raw meat, chicken, and poultry
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing
  • After touching your face or hair
  • After touching cuts and wounds
  • After itching and scratching
  • After handling garbage
  • After handling chemicals
  • After handling soiled utensils and bussing tables
  • After handling unclean work equipment or surfaces
  • Before and after caring for sick people
  • After changing diapers
  • After contacting any known or suspected contaminant

What is the proper way to wash hands?

  • Wet your hands with clean, running warm water and apply soap.
  • Rub your hands together and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands well under warm running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry. Do not dry your hands on your apron

Hand washing does not take much time or effort but the rewards it provides as far as reducing the spread of illness are so critical especially during this winter flu season. Make sure you and your staff practice proper hand washing to keep everyone healthy.

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