3L Smart San Antibacterial Foaming Soap with Dispenser

The act of hand washing is the simplest, most effective way to halt the spread of germs and disease. Yet many studies have shown that, on average, people clean their hands far less than they should.

This is a surprising finding considering that this simple, preventative measure can help prevent sickness, halt the spread of infections, and ensure the utmost in hygiene standards in the workplace.

So, when should hand hygiene be performed?

The exact specifics will depend on the policies and guidelines outlined by a given workplace. Hospitals and other healthcare environments, for example, may require hands to be washed thoroughly using hand sanitisers like high-grade foaming soap both before and after coming into contact with patients.

Food processing environments such as packhouses, meanwhile, could require that both hands and surfaces be cleaned before coming into contact with food. Particularly raw meats.

As a general guideline, hands should be washed and cleaned:
 

Healthcare:

  • Before and after coming into contact with a patient or the surrounding area.
  • Before and after a procedure, operation, or other situation that risks contact with bodily fluids, such as treating a cut or wound.
  • Before and after administering medications.
  • After removing gloves.

General:

  • After visiting the toilet / bathroom.
  • After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • After coming into contact with an animal, including food or waste.
  • After touching garbage, compost, or other organic materials.
  • Before and after placing contacts in eyes.
  • After using everyday items such as computer keyboards, particularly if shared.
  • After handling laundry equipment and waste.

Food & Food Preparation:

  • Before and after preparing or eating food and / or drinks, such as handling raw meat, poultry, or unwashed fruits and vegetables.