Video – How to wash your hands Copy

Follow these five steps every time you wash your hands

  • Wet your hands and then apply soap–good practice is to use antibacterial liquid wash to comply with BS EN 1499:1997.
  • Lather your hands–the backs, between fingers, and under nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands and turn off the tap with your elbow or a paper towel, (once you’ve dried your hands). You must not recontaminate your hands by touching the taps again. Touchless taps or sensor operated taps are best.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. Walking away with damp hands is a big no no; it increases the spread of bacteria by up to 1,000 times. Air dryers should be well away from food preparation surfaces and equipment (droplets and bacteria can spread up to 2.5m in every direction via aerosolisation). When using paper towels, there shouldn’t be any contact with the dispenser because of recontamination, and pedal operated or no touch sensor bins should be provided for disposing of the towels.