Proper Handwashing

Are You Washing Your Hands Properly?

We’ve all heard that washing our hands is important, and that it prevents the spread of germs and infections. Hand washing seems like such a simple task, but many people do not wash their hands properly as revealed in various studies.

The next time you’re in the bathroom consider these tips for proper hand washing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

• 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.
• Rinse your hands well under running water.
• Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.

You can also watch a video on how to wash your hands properly from the World Health Organization (WHO) on YouTube.

Here are two downloadable graphics you can display in appropriate areas in your workplace.

Remember the next time you’re washing your hands, count one Mississippi, two Mississippi… and stay healthy!

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