Hi, Please find info and tips about Hand sanitizer and tips that was circulate to the staff in our Department. Hope this help the discussion Pierre What about alcohol-based hand cleansers? Both alcohol-based hand sanitizers and soap and water have a place in prevention of infections. You should use an alcohol sanitizer when you are out and not able to wash your hands—for example, at the mall or after riding public transit. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers don't contain antibiotics. But the alcohol kills both good and bad bacteria on your skin so use it sparingly. And keep in mind that they don't work well if you have a lot of dirt and grease on your hands. How to wash your hands - 7 tips 1. Remove all rings and wet your hands with warm running water. 2. Put a small amount of liquid soap in the palm of one hand. Bar soaps are not as hygienic as liquid soaps because they stay moist and attract germs. If a bar soap is the only option it should be stored on a rack so that the bar doesn't sit in water. 3. Rub your hands together for 20 seconds so you produce lather. Make sure you scrub between your fingers, under your fingernails and the backs of your hands. 4. Rinse your hands well with clean running water for at least 10 seconds. Try not to handle the faucets once your hands are clean. Use a paper towel to turn off the water. 5. Dry your hands with a single use paper towel. If you use a hand towel be sure to change it daily. During cold and flu season you may want to give each family member his or her own hand towel. 6. Use hand lotion to put moisture back into your skin if your hands are dry. 7. Model good handwashing technique to your children. Have them sing a song like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star while rubbing their hands together to teach them the amount of time it takes to clean their hands properly. Michele Crase
Sent by: DCHAS-L Discussion List 2010-04-19 03:31 PM Please respond to DCHAS-L Discussion List To DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU cc Subject Re: [DCHAS-L] Hand sanitizer Hello all, We put the hand sanitizers up all around our campus as well. I went back and forth with the same thoughts you all have brought forward. What realization I finally came to is that these units bring the whole aspect of hand hygiene to the student's mind. So yes they should wash, but if they do at least this, it is better than nothing. And just seeing them around MAY remind them that handwashing is important and needs to be done much more often. In the end, I think it is reminding people the importance of handwashing. Michele ****************************************** Michele Crase Associate Director Environmental Health and Safety Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL mcrase**At_Symbol_Here**niu.edu 815-753-9251 >>> Ben Ruekberg 4/13/2010 1:28 PM >>> Our school has put hand sanitizer dispensers all over campus. It has occurred to me that we strongly encourage our students to wash their hands after labs and that some of them may mistakenly think that the application of hand sanitizer may accomplish this. (Sometimes, students do not distinguish between similar different things well.) Not only does one not rinse hand sanitizer off, but it is largely alcohol, which may increase skin permeability. Students are given at least as much safety information as they can assimilate already. Is this something worth worrying about? Thank you.
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