Online Safety Community

How and Why you should Wash your Hands Properly

The tremendous medical care we have access to in the Western world is something many of us take for granted, but we also have a responsibility to keep ourselves healthy. If recent research is anything to go by, it seems more and more people are failing to take even the most basic steps to protect themselves, their families and their colleagues from serious health risks by simply washing their hands.

If everyone in the world washed their hands properly, there would be a 16 percent reduction in respiratory infection and a 50 percent fall in diarrheal disease. In the developed world, this could result in more than one million lives being saved. However, despite the huge difference something so simple could make, currently just 68 percent of women and 38 percent of men say they wash their hands regularly.

Why is hand washing so important?

Changing people’s handwashing habits is easier than said than done; however, it is the most cost effective way to prevent the biggest causes of child death in the developing world, diarrhoea and pneumonia, so it’s certainly worth the fight.

In the UK, although the consequences of poor hand washing practices are not quite so severe, it can still significantly reduce the spread of respiratory infections like influenza and gastrointestinal infections like Salmonella. Both of these diseases can be extremely serious, particularly in children, the elderly and those with a weakened immune system.

How to wash your hands properly

A study has found that people spend an average of just 6 seconds washing their hands after they have been to the toilet, while 10 percent don’t wash their hands at all. Many of those who do wash their hands also make some common handwashing mistakes.  

A wash of the hands should not just be a token rinse in cold water. A proper hand wash only takes 20 seconds but must involve soap and warm water. The soap should be worked into a lather and the backs of the hands, between the fingers, under the fingernails and the wrists should all be cleaned. The hands should then be rinsed under running water to make sure all traces of soap are removed and dried under a hand dryer or using paper towels.

Generally speaking, it is also better to use liquid soap rather than a bar, particularly somewhere where many hands will come into contact with the soap, such as at work. This helps to reduce the spread of germs and bacteria.  

When should you wash your hands?

According to advice from NHS Scotland, you should wash your hands thoroughly:

  • Before eating, after and during the preparation of food

  • After handling raw foods like chicken and meat

  • After using the toilet

  • After handling rubbish

  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose

  • After changing a nappy

  • Before and after treating a cut or wound

  • Before and after touching a sick person

  • Before and after visiting a hospital ward

Following these simple steps can help to reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria and reduce the risk of diarrhoea by half.  

 

Views: 15

Comment

You need to be a member of Online Safety Community to add comments!

Join Online Safety Community

Take our poll!

Take our poll!

Latest Activity

Mark Nilson posted events
2 hours ago
Training Doyens posted an event
Thumbnail

HR Compliance 101 - For New HR And Non HR Managers at 26468 E Walker Dr, Aurora, Colorado 80016

June 26, 2018 from 1pm to 2:30pm
OVERVIEWKnowing what to do in increasingly complicated employee situations can be difficult for even seasoned managers, especially if a manager has never had training.For a new manager these problems are intensified.For a new HR Manager this becomes a bigger problem as HR advises not just one manager but all managers throughout an organization.WHY SHOULD YOU ATTENDBy the time an employee problem reaches HR, a level of liability has often been created. How an employer handles such problems, can…See More
3 hours ago
Training Doyens posted events
yesterday
Mark Nilson posted events
Saturday

Forum

Remote Monitoring

Get "Safe Assets and Sound Productivity" Through Remote Monitoring.Visit:…Continue

Tags: Solutions, People, IoT, Monitoring, Remote

Started by Jen McDade on Wednesday.

Python Condition Objects Tutorial in 2018 1 Reply

If you have knowledge of other programming languages, then you would know the importance of conditional statements. Conditional statements are required for taking decisions. Whenever we operate the…Continue

Tags: course, certification, training, languages, programming

Started by Elena Lauren. Last reply by Jim Chesters May 15.

Power BI Visualization Types

Visualizations in Power BI displays the visual insights from a data. In power bi service a visual can be pinned from reports to create dashboards. Visuals are used in reports.List of visualizations…Continue

Tags: COURSE, TRAINING, BI, POWER

Started by Azharuddin May 15.

Automation Anywhere. How do I pick a value from dropdown 1 Reply

Automation Anywhere. How do I pick a value from dropdown. I tried 'set text' from a copied variable. Its very slow, and also doesnt…Continue

Tags: anywhere, automation

Started by emmablisa. Last reply by venkatesh Mar 29.

Badge

Loading…

© 2018   Created by Safety Community.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service