Wash your hands…….
We were asked by a client to make a presentation to their field personnel on hand washing hygiene….in fact, to encourage any hand washing activity! The title of the presentation was, “Hey, Dude! Wash Your Hands.” And, while we are not working miles away from the nearest sink with soap and water, as we get closer to cold and flu season, a reminder about this easy habit is good.
Why is Washing Your Hands Important?
Did you know? from your fingertips to your elbow – 2 million to 10 million bacteria are present
Did you know? germs that make you sick are called pathogens
Did you know? only 1 in 3 people wash their hands after using the bathroom
Did you know? under your ring there could be as many germs as there are people in Europe!
Did you know? 164 million school days are lost to illness each year in the US
Did you know? a study of 305 schoolchildren who washed their hands 4 times a day had 24% fewer sick days due to respiratory illness (cold) and 51% fewer days due to upset stomach
Did you know? germs can stay alive on hands for 3 hours
Did you know? damp hands spread 1000 times more germs than dry hands
Proper Handwashing Technique
- Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
- Rub your hands together to make a lather 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. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.
Hand sanitizers are not effective when hands are visibly dirty.
How should you use hand sanitizer?
- Apply the product to the palm of one hand.
- Rub your hands together.
- Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.
Dude! Wash your hands, and, stay well!