Hand Washing

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One of the most important things one can do to prevent food poisoning is proper hand washing. The best way to wash your hands is to follow these simple steps.

1.   Start by placing your hands under warm water.

2.   Lather your hands and scrub for at least 15 seconds.

3.   Rinse your hands allowing a downward flow of water into the sink.

4.   Then dry your hands using a paper towel or a hand dryer.

When should you wash your hands?

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•    Before you touch anything used to prepare food.

•    Before you touch food.

•    Before you put on gloves, and after you remove gloves.

•    After touching raw meat, poultry and fish.

•    After handling trash/garbage.

•    After handling dirty dishes.

•    After cleaning or using chemicals.

Washing your hands after touching your face or nose is very important. Staphylococcus (Staph) is bacteria carried on the hands and face as well as the nose of many healthy people. It creates a toxin that is not destroyed by cooking or freezing, and is very potent.

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Double Washing.

There are times when it is necessary to double wash your hands. This basically means you will go through the hand washing technique twice before drying your hands.

When should you DOUBLE wash your hands?

•    When you first arrive to work.

•    After using the restroom.

•    After you have blown your nose, coughed, sneezed, or touched your. nose or mouth

•    After eating or drinking from an open beverage.

•    After smoking or using tobacco products.