Alor Dive Guideline for good handwashing
When done correctly, handwashing
is an important personal hygiene practice to prevent contracting
and spreading communicable diseases.
When should we wash our hands?
- before touching our eyes, nose or mouth.
- before eating or handling food.
- after using the toilet.
- when hands are contaminated by respiratory secretions, e.g. after
sneezing or coughing.
- after touching public installations or equipment, such as door knobs,
escalator handrails or elevator control panels.
- after changing diapers or handling soiled articles when looking
after young children or sick.
What to do for good handwashing?
- wet hands under running water.
- apply liquid soap and rub hands together to make a soap lather.
- away from the running water, rub the palms, backs of hands, between
fingers, backs of fingers, thumbs, finger tips and wrists. Do this
for at least 20 seconds.
- rise hands thoroughly under running water.
- dry hands thoroughly with either a clean cotton towel, a paper towel,
or a hand dryer.
- the cleaned hands should not touch the water tap directly again
(the tap may be turned off by using the towel wrapping the faucet;
or after splashing water to clean the faucet.
- towels should never be shared.
- used paper towel should be properly disposed of.
- personal towels to be reused must be stored properly and washed
at least once daily. It is even better to have more than one towel
for frequent replacement.
- rub hands with a 65% - 95% alcohol solution to disinfect the hands
when hand washing facilities are not available.