How to Wash Your Hands Thoroughly
No doubt the pandemic has made the need to wash your hands properly more important than ever. Whether it’s in the workplace or at home, the covid-19 pandemic has emphasized how quickly germs can spread. Handwashing is the best way to help reduce the spread of germs and remove dangerous bacteria that can make us sick. That said, there are still many people who don’t know how to wash their hands properly.
Why Proper Hand Washing Is Important
Hands spread 80% of common infectious diseases, yet hand washing properly is the easiest way to reduce the spread of bacteria. Considering 1 in 5 people don't actually wash their hands and only 30% of people who do wash their hands use soap, it’s no wonder we continue to experience preventable common illnesses such as cold and flu.
Proper Hand Washing Technique
Although the arrival of COVID popularized the method of singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to ensure you wash your hands long enough, the World Health Organization offers a hand washing method believed to be more effective. Here is what they recommend:
- Wet your hands with water
- Apply a single shot of soap
- Rub your hands together palm to palm
- Rub the back of each hand with the palm of your other the hand with fingers interlaced
- Rub your hands palm to palm with your fingers interlaced
- Rub your hands with backs of your fingers to opposing palms with your fingers interlocked
- Rub each thumb clasped in the opposite hand using rotational movement
- Rub the tips of your fingers in your opposite palm in a circular motion
- Rub each wrist with the opposite hand
- Rinse your hands with water
- Dry your hands thoroughly
Of course you might find there are times when water is not available. In this case an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will kill common bacteria.
Why WHO’s Method Works
Most people don’t wash their hands thoroughly. As a result, the back of the hands and fingertips are missed. Since you are picking things up and touching things with these parts of your hands, it’s important to make sure you include them during the handwashing process.
Clean Towels and Drying
It’s also very important to dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel. This will reduce the risk of getting dry, chapped hands, especially in winter. There is no point in washing your hands if you are just going to then dry them with a dirty towel. This increases the risk of having more germs on your hands. The best thing for drying therefore is disposable paper towels to reduce the risk of coming into contact with a contaminated towel.
How Often to Wash Your Hands
You should be handwashing at the following times:
- At the end of each work or school period
- Before each break
- Before eating or preparing food
- After going to the restroom
- Whenever hands are dirty or contaminated
For healthcare workers hand washing is required more frequently using the WHO’s 5 Moments of Hand Hygiene:
1. Before touching a patient
2. Before clean/aseptic procedures
3. After body fluid exposure/risk
4. After touching a patient
5. After touching patient surroundings
To make sure everyone remembers the importance of handwashing, education is a must. A good way to keep hand hygiene a priority is to use workplace posters sharing tips with staff.
Portable Hand Washing Sinks
Portable handwashing sinks are an excellent option to provide an additional place for people to wash their hands. They come in a number of sizes, providing up to three basins and can be used in many different settings including:
- Farmers’ Markets
- Grocery Stores
- Parties and Concerts
- Bingo Halls
- Convenience Stores
- Outdoor Events
- Near Outhouses and Other Portable Bathroom Setups
There really is no limit to how and where you can use portable hand washing sinks.
Why use portable hand washing stations?
Portable handwashing sinks offer many benefits including:
- Quick access to hot or cold water without the cost of installing a plumbing system
- Assists with adherence to hygiene protocols for catering jobs anywhere
- Assists with adherence to hygiene protocols to pop-up clinics such as COVID testing sites and vaccination clinics
- Takes up very little space
- Increases employee hygiene
Looking for a portable hand washing station? Contact us!
If you would like to learn more about portable hand washing stations, call Ancaster Foods at +1 855-888-9644 or contact us here.