To avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others, it’s critical to keep your hands clean. Many medical conditions and diseases are spread by not washing the hands with soap and clean water. And if soap and clean water are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60 percent alcohol should be used to clean hands. With proper handwashing, diseases such as flu, pneumonia, strep throat and the common cold can be prevented. And those diseases spread through fecal-oral transmission like hepatitis A, salmonella and giardia can be prevented.
When and How to Wash Hands
- Before consuming food
- Before, during and after preparing food
- Before and after treating a wound
- After changing diapers
- After touch animal feed or animal waste
- After using the toilet
- Before and after caring for a sick person
- After sneezing, coughing or blowing the nose
- After handling garbage
The hands should be made wet with clean, running water and then applying soap. Wash the hands by rubbing them together making sure to cover under the nails and between the finger. Scrub the hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. Rinse the hands under clean, running water and use a clean towel to dry them. If you have to use a hand sanitizer, apply the product to the palm of one hand and rub the hands together. Be sure to cover all surfaces of the fingers and hands until dried. These handwashing methods are recommended by the CDC to kill microbes, germs and pathogens.
According to the CDC, washing hands with soap and water could reduce diarrheal disease deaths by up to 50 percent. Researchers in London claim that a million deaths per year could be prevented if everyone routinely washed their hands. Routine handwashing reduces the risk of respiratory infections by 16 percent. And the use of hand sanitizers reduces in classrooms reduces absenteeism by 19.8 percent due to infection. Without a doubt, these figures show the importance of clean hands.
Amason’s offers handwashing sinks for construction sites, outdoor gatherings or temporary place where portable toilets are used. Get fresh water, hand sanitizer stands, hands-free pump, paper towels and a soap dispenser filled with leading brand soap to promote hand hygiene. Call Amason’s or fill out our contact form for all of your hand sanitizing needs.