Friction is a friend of effective handwashing. The new Handwashing For Life Core Handwash focuses on a professional technique as an option to the "sing happy birthday twice" directive.
Here is the process for you to follow when running water is available. Wet hands as a pre-rinse. Apply soap, scrubbing hands for 10-30 seconds according to soil load and cleanliness standards:
- The interlock
- Rinse hands thoroughly
- Wipe hands vigorously with a paper towel
- As an additional safety step, apply hand sanitizer according to label instructions.
The Handwashing For Life Core Handwash protocol is simply effective - the professional choice where potable running water is available and convenient. Handwashing skill can be visualized and scored by using the GlitterBug® tracer lotion as depicted in the video with the MaxiCam.
For "equivalent or superior" effectiveness where potable running water is not convenient, see the SaniTwice® Core Handwash solution.
For situations calling for an even higher standard of cleanliness, move to the Core+ Handwash or Core+ Hand Cleanse where a fused bristle nailbrush is added to the scub cycle in both methods. In all cases the wash of choice can be followed with an application of hand sanitizer in high risk situations.
Poster: The Enhanced 20 Second Handwash
This poster is a no-charge download, designed as a training aid and a daily reminder of a more professional and productive 20 second handwash. The sequence listed in step #3 converts the mindless passing of time method to a make-sense increase in friction. This change also challenges the worker to think of handwashing as a process based on chemistry, physics and ergonomics. The pattern is quickly internalized and muscle-memory kicks in to make it a new habit. This method extends the natural handwashing time, eliminating the sense of boredom, particularly for the dispirited choir singing Happy Birthday 20 times a day or more.