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Hygiene Facts

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Hand Hygiene Guide

When to wash your hands

  • Before eating or handling food
  • After using the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After touching animals or animal waste
  • After handling rubbish
  • After changing a nappy
  • Before and after touching a sick or injured person
  • Before and after visiting a hospital ward
  • Bacterial counts increase when the skin is damaged.

Hand washing causes a significant reduction in the carriage of potential pathogens on hands

Most microbes on hands come from beneath the fingernails

Staff are more likely to wash their hands with a product that does less harm to the skin.