Hand Hygiene

WHAT DOES HAND HYGIENE MEAN

HAND WASHING

Hand washing, also known as hand hygiene, is the act of cleaning one's hands with soap and water to remove viruses/ bacteria/germs/ microorganisms, dirt, grease, or other harmful and unwanted substances stuck to the hands.

Washing your hands properly is one of the most important things you can do to help prevent and control the spread of many illnesses. Good hand hygiene will reduce the risk of things like flu, food poisoning and healthcare associated infections being passed from person to person.

 

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When do you need to wash your hands

Hands normally carry lots of germs and should be washed:

  • after visiting the toilet
  • before handling food
  • when visibly dirty
  • after coughing or sneezing into your hands

Washing your hands regularly will help to stop the spread of germs.


HAND SANITISING

Washing hands with soap and water whenever possible is best but if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitiser can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

Hand sanitiser, alcohol or non-alcohol, is no substitute for hand washing, hand sanitizers can inactivate many types of microbes very effectively when used correctly although people may not use a large enough volume of the sanitizers or may wipe it off before it has dried.

Hand sanitiser may not work well on lightly/ heavy soiled hands and greasy hands as they will only inactivate some of the germs.

Altough the government is recommending 60%+ alcohol based sanitiser this is not totally correct. There are some alcohol free sanitisers on the market that are proven to do just as good if not a better job, DUOMAX, is one.

The stronger the alcohol content the harsher the product on your skin. The alcohol will dry out the skin and can cause cracks by removing the natural oils in skin.   


Hand Hygiene