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Importance of Washing Hands at Work

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One of the first manners instilled in many of us as children is the action of washing our hands. This hygienic act is recommended to be done before and after you eat, and whenever you handle something with potential bacteria that could be spread.

When around children and the elderly with lower immune systems, or visiting a hospital – washing hands or even using an antibacterial liquid to kill germs and stop the spread of diseases is stressed.

In most workplaces, it’s also important that hand washing is done. From offices to restaurants and construction sites – there are so many reasons why washing one’s hands is a critical part of the job each day.

Here’s a closer look at why.

Decrease Respiratory and GI Illnesses

Germs can spread very quickly depending on what is handled and touched.  The germs can spread by rubbing one’s eyes, eating and allowing fingers to enter the mouth. Transmission of illnesses is an issue for the entire population and to help decrease the spread of illnesses and even respiratory issues, washing hand is critical.

Portable Washing Stations

For remote job sites and outdoor events, it’s important to remain hygienic. Use of portable washing stations is just as important as having portable restrooms. Any time a toilet is used, washing one’s hands is key. It stops the spread of potential disease. On jobs where chemicals like insecticides or paint removers are being used, for example, having these stations also protects workers health.

How to Properly Wash Your Hands

The other issue is not knowing how to properly wash your hands. In cases when there is no running water, yes an antibacterial hand sanitizer is better than nothing but it shouldn’t be used in place of soap and water. In order to properly wash your hands, the following 3 things need to happen:

  1. Wet your hands under clean, running water.
  2. Apply soap and lather it up and scrub the hands.
  3. Rinse hands under clean, running water.

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