*On the surface Hand Washing seems simple, but doing it improperly can recontaminate your hands and leave you vulnerable to illness and disease.
Hand washing, as deemed by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), is the single best way to avoid infection. Hand washing helps break up germs, dirt and other harmful particles on your hands with the combination of soap, water, friction and a paper towel.
On the surface hand washing is simple and elementary. However, many people do it improperly and actually walk away almost as contaminated (and sometimes more so) than before they washed. Plus, if hand washing is so simple then why don't all of us do it?
Follow the steps to proper hand washing to develop good hygiene and infection control habits. Once you have consistently incorporated infection control principles into your daily routines then you can experience increased health. Please note, we do not support over cleaning, hygiene OCD, germaphobia or other intense behaviors. We support a responsible approach to hygiene and recommend living in accordance with a few sound infection control principles.
If you have questions on how to best wash, teach others or promote hand hygiene then please email us (info@OUTFOXprevention.com) or go to our site www.OUTFOXprevention.com.
Step 1: Prepare Towel before Washing Hands
Step 2: Turn Water On and Wet Your Hands
Step 3: Apply Soap Liberally
Step 4: Rub Hands Together and Create Friction
The general rule is to rub your hands for 10-20 seconds. The spots that are often missed during hand washing include (but not limited to): The areas between fingers, the fingernail areas and wrist/thumb area. If you want to teach a hand washing lesson with Glo Germ (fluorescent powder or gel that can show where people miss while washing if used under a UV black light) see: http://www.outfoxprevention.com/home/handwashing-kits-with-glo-germ/hand-washing-training-kits-for-infection-control
Step 5: Rinse Hands Off
Step 6: Dry Hands with the Prepared Paper Towel
Step 7: Turn Faucet Off
If you think about the procession of hand washing, people touch and turn the faucet on when their hands ARE DIRTY. If you are to touch the faucet once again after washing, you would be getting the same germs on your hands.
Step 8: Leaving the Restroom
Step 9: Dispose of the Paper Towel and Leave Clean!
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OUTFOX also provides many other infection control activities, games and other hygiene tools to teach your students and employees. We distribute Glo Germ which is a great tool to teach hand washing and cleaning.
Let us know if you have questions!