Handwashing

Handwashing is an important measure in the control and prevention of infection to ensure good levels of personal hygiene. Hand hygiene is the best way to reduce cross infection and it is important that everyone practises effective hand washing.

Handwashing is probably the most effective contribution you can make to promoting public health and preventing the spread of infection by ensuring any germs on your hands are destroyed.

Hand washing helps to remove the dirt, viruses and bacteria from your hands and will reduce the risk of spreading to other people and objects that could spread illnesses. Good hand washing is the first line of defence against the spread of many illnesses from the common cold to more serious infections, such as meningitis, bronchiolitis, the flu, hepatitis A, and most types of infectious diarrhoea.

Always wash your hands after:

♦ Going to the toilet

♦ Coughing or sneezing into your hands

♦ Dealing with sick people

♦ Handling bedding

♦ Handling clothes

♦ Contact with sick room equipment

♦ Preparing food

♦ After handling, feeding or cleaning pets or pet equipment

Always wash your hands before:

♦ Preparing or serving food

♦ Eating meals or snacks

♦ Treating injuries

♦ Helping others to eat

We know how important it is to provide clean and healthy environments to live, work and learn in and we can help and support you to get the best from your hand washing facilities with a range of products suitable for all environments.

Handwashing is an essential life skill:

Children are more vulnerable to picking up bacteria so therefore it is vitally important that all children are made aware of the importance and benefits of effective hand washing. Teaching and encouraging children to wash their hands at appropriate times will help to ensure that this practice becomes a lifelong habit. We can help through our supply partners who have worked on material to make hand washing fun with an educational range of posters, games sheets & lesson ideas for teaching staff.

Handwashing - Continued

For effective hand washing:

♦ wet hands with water

♦ apply enough soap to cover all surfaces of hand

♦ rub hands palm to palm

♦ right palm over back of left hand with interlaced fingers and vice versa

♦ palm to palm with fingers interlaced

♦ back of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked

♦ rotational rubbing of left thumb clasped in right palm and vice versa

♦ rotational rubbing, backwards and forwards with clasped fingers of right hand in left palm and vice versa

♦ rinse hands with water

♦ dry hands thoroughly with a single use towel

♦ use towel to turn off tap

We can help and advise on the most cost-effective solutions for your facilities so why not get in touch and we will happily come and conduct an onsite review of your site and put a proposal together for you on all available options.

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