It’s well known that hand washing can result in the spread of germs.
Because cleaning professionals it’s sometimes overlooked how important this is in our business. Even when gloves are being worn by your cleaning staff, it’s still significant that they spend the additional time chemicals and germs are thoroughly washed their hands often. Wash hands thoroughly after cleaning up spills using chemicals, or emptying trash. At least 20 seconds are needed to be effective.
Follow these steps to make hands clean:
- Wet hands with warm running water before reaching for soap, either in bar or liquid type.
- This should be done away so the lather isn’t washed away.
- Wash the front and back of hands, between fingers and under nails. Continue rubbing on the hands for an additional 15 seconds.
- Rinse hands well under warm running water.
- Dry hands with an air dryer or either towels.
If soap and water are not available, it’s a good idea to maintain alcohol based antibacterial wipes or hand sanitizers, gels around. It is especially critical in healthcare environments that workers take the time required to be sure they’ve eliminated any contaminants they may have come in touch with. Problem areas in healthcare environments include: door handles, furniture, public and individual telephones, restrooms, therapy areas and individual bed rails.
Surveys demonstrate that training is beneficial in getting workers to pay attention to their own hand. When training your employees make sure that you include this vital information.