Universal Precautions – Hand Washing

Even if you’ve wearing protective gloves, you should always wash your hands just in case some blood or body fluids came in contact with your hands.  Also, good hand hygiene helps prevent the spread of germs.  Washing your hands well is one of the most important protections you have against infection.

Actions for washing hands well:

  • Wet your hands with clean running water (warm if available) and apply soap.
  • Rub hands together and scrub all surfaces of hands and fingers over for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse hands with lots of running water.
  • Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer.  If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.

If you can’t wash your hands right away, use waterless hand sanitizer. Rub your hands together so that the sanitizer covers the tops and bottoms of both hands and all fingers. Then, let the sanitizer air dry. As soon as you can, wash your hands with soap and water.

Proper Hand Washing