Safety Tip of the Week

This week Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, shares tips about the importance of hand-washing.

Hand-washing wins in the classroom and office!

Hand-washing is easy to do and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of illness in the classroom and office. As we head into winter and flu season, clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and help reduce absence from illness.

When should you wash your hands?

  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick.
  • Before eating food.
  • After using the restroom.
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • After touching an animal.
  • After touching garbage.

What is the right way to wash your hands?

Follow the five steps below to wash your hands the right way every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to 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? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

What should you do if you don’t have soap and clean, running water?

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer is the next best option.

How do you use hand sanitizers?

  • Apply the product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.