Proper Handwashing: Simple Steps That Make Huge Difference!

Posted by
Lance Roux
on Mar 23, 2020


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Have you been washing your hands all wrong? You may be leaving harmful germs behind that can cause you to become sick. With the recent outbreak of the coronavirus, prioritizing proper hand hygiene can be the difference between being healthy and contracting/spreading harmful germs. The following tips and techniques can be used to assure you making the most of your time at the sink!

Timing is Everything!

Washing your hands one good time is not enough to effectively prevent the spread of germs! You should make it a priority to wash your hands often. Many tasks that we don't give a second thought can also expose us all to harmful germs such as:

  • Pushing shopping carts
  • Grabbing door handles
  • Shaking Hands
  • Taking out the trash
  • Touching your pets
Be mindful that germs can linger on surfaces all around you and make sure to add routine handwashing to your schedule.


As important as it is to wash you hands, the technique you use is just as important! The CDC has implemented a 5 step process in order to get the best clean while washing:

  1. Wet
  2. Lather
  3. Scrub
  4. Rinse 
  5. Dry

Don't forget scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds, focusing on cleaning all surfaces of your hands and underneath your nails. 


It's commonly believed that you have to wash you hands with warm/hot water in order to actually "kill the germs". In reality, as long as you use soap and clean water,  a hot or colder temperature will get the job done!

Taking such a short amount of time to practice good hand hygiene can help to keep you healthy and free from spreading germs/illnesses to others. Whether on the job or at home, handwashing should be encouraged and done often, especially after tasks that potentially expose you to harmful germs. SafetyPro has programs in place to help your organization prepare and keep workers safe during this outbreak. Click below to check out our most recent blog on the coronavirus and secure your pandemic preparedness/coronavirus program today!


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