Proper Hand Washing when Lashing

An infection is the invasion and multiplication of microbes that are foreign to the body. Infections may be caused by parasites, bacteria or viruses, but we can take steps to prevent them from occurring. One of the most vital steps we take to prevent infections is simple: hand washing! Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory, diarrheal infections, and eye infections from one person to the next. Germs can spread from other people or surfaces when you:

  • Touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Prepare or eat food and drinks with unwashed hands.
  • Touch a contaminated surface or objects or tools.
  • Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands and then touch other people’s hands or common objects.

The most efficient way to remove germs is by washing your hands with soap and warm water. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always check the label on the back to be sure. 

Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However, Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs so always wash your hands between clients. 

Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, warm running water, 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? Sing your ABC’s!

  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.