Handwashing 101 | Clean Hands Save Lives

Jun 22 , 2020

Handwashing 101 | Clean Hands Save Lives

Handwashing 101 | Clean Hands Save Lives

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Studies have shown that hand washing can prevent 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu.

  • WHEN?
  • Before and after ALL patient/customer encounters.
  • Before putting on and after removing personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Before, during, and after preparing food.
  • Before and after eating.
  • After using the bathroom.
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Make sure hand hygiene supplies, such as soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, are readily accessible. The supplies should include areas where employees will be putting on or taking off personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Employers should consider implementing a process for auditing the staff to ensure that they are following the recommended hand washing practices. Use these as opportunities to educate proper hand washing techniques.


  • HOW?
  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

If soap and water aren’t available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention