When to wash your hands
- Before eating or handling food
- After using the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- After touching animals or animal waste
- After handling rubbish
- After changing a nappy
- Before and after touching a sick or injured person
- Before and after visiting a hospital ward
- Bacterial counts increase when the skin is damaged.
Hand washing causes a significant reduction in the carriage of potential pathogens on hands
Most microbes on hands come from beneath the fingernails
Staff are more likely to wash their hands with a product that does less harm to the skin.