Chef washing hands in restaurant kitchen, while other chef prepares salad

Washing your Hands Correctly

  • Touching people and or surfaces, you accumulate germs on your hands. 
  • You can infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, or spread them to others. 
  • Washing your hands frequently can help limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes.
  • Always read labels to get instructions BEFORE using chemicals.

Always wash your hands before and after:

  • Caring for sick people.
  • Preparing food.
  • Treating wounds.
  • Inserting or removing contact lenses
  • Using a bathroom or toilet
  • Changing a diaper or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • Cleaning drains, grease traps, or like.
  • Blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Treating wounds or caring for a sick person
  • Handling pets.
  • Feeding pets.
  • Picking up pets waste
  • Handling garbage

Hand washing steps:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water — either warm or cold.
  • Apply soap and lather well.
  • Rub your hands on all skin surfaces for at least 20 seconds, including the backs of your hands, wrists. 
  • Between your fingers. 
  • Under your fingernails.
  • Dry your hands with a clean towel or air-dry them.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are an acceptable alternative when soap and water aren’t available.
  • If you use a hand sanitizer, make sure the product contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand.
  • Rub your hands all around.
  • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers and fingernails until your hands are dry.
Marius Joubert
Author: Marius Joubert

Founder of the first true community for the restaurant and hospitality industry.

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