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.
Please note:
  • 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.
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