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Best Practices for Healthy Hands Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Best Practices for Healthy Hands

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

Introd­uction: Choosie Right Cleanser & Dispenser

Once your team learns more about preven­tion, pick the best-s­uited hand cleanser and dispensing system.

The approp­riate products should be available and accessible to workers where and when they are required. Creams should be located in key areas such as changing rooms, work area entrances, washrooms and hand washing stations.

Frequent hand washing is a crucial step to prevent spreading germs from one person to another throughout the workplace and ultimately to creating a healthy and productive work enviro­nment.

Use pre-work creams

Protective pre-work creams can be used under gloves or without gloves to help prevent skin irritation and maintain healthy skin for easier skin cleansing.

Wash hands properly and often

Apply a small amount of hand cleanser to dry hands. Rub hands vigorously together for at least 20 seconds. Scrub all surfaces, including the backs of hands, wrists, between the fingers and under the finger­nails. Rinse well and then dry hands with a clean or disposable towel. Make sure to use a towel to turn off the faucet.

Use the right cleanser for the job

There is an ongoing miscon­ception that a hand cleanser's perfor­mance is measured by its ability to clean hands aggres­sively. Most cleansers far surpass the user's actual requir­ements. Make sure to embrace a product that takes into consid­eration the impact on the hands, yet still is powerful and effective for the job.

Choose heavy-duty cleansers w/o harsh abrasives

Grit often is added to a hand cleanser to help remove substances like oil, dirt and grime. However, there are a number of scrubbers such as pumice and sand that can cause micro-­abr­asions or tears in the skin. The goal is to have an effective cleansing without stripping or causing damage to the hands.

Guide to Chose the Right Cleaner & Dispenser

Condition hands after washing

After cleansing hands, the skin can lose important oils and moisture. Apply an after-work condit­ioning cream to balance and replenish the moisture in the skin.

Use gloves where required or necessary

It's not always practical or safe to use gloves when working. Noneth­eless, gloves and other personal protective equipment should be used whenever possible to shield hands from harsh irritants and contam­inants.

Report skin conditions immedi­ately

Make sure you and the employees in your care know that if skin problems occur, they should be reported and cared for right away to prevent further damage

Opt for solven­t-free cleansers

Many industrial cleansers contain dangerous ingred­ients like petroleum distil­lates. Deriva­tives of crude oil, these solvents not only irritate hands but are absorbed through the skin and, over time, can lead to harmful levels of toxins in the body. Low-so­lvent and solven­t-free cleansers are a safer option.

Keep cleansers accessible

The location of hand-c­lea­nsing products can help increase hand washing compli­ance. Place them where they are easy to find and see to reinforce the importance of hand washing throughout the day.