Hand-Washing: The Ten-Second Safety Sensation

Simply taking a moment to wash your hands can keep you and other people safe
from the common cold, the flu, and gastrointestinal disorders. The spread of
germs - a general term used for viruses, bacteria and other microbes - is an
invisible but very real health hazard that happens rapidly, and unwashed hands
are primary culprits.

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety, hand washing
is the most important way to prevent infection. It's a solution that's so
simple, it sometimes gets overlooked.

In the wake of a health scare there's often a heightened awareness of health
precautions such as hand washing. Hands can easily become contaminated with
disease-causing germs, and pass them along just as easily. Five of the most
common scenarios for the transmission of germs, according to the CCOHS, are
"hands to food," "infected infant to hands to other children," "food to hands
to food," "nose, mouth or eyes to hands to others," and "food to hands to

We risk picking up germs whenever we use a washroom or change a baby's diaper.
We are also at risk every time we eat, cook, drink, smoke, handle raw meat,
handle garbage, visit someone who's sick, handle animals or blow our

In the workplace, the spread of infectious diseases can be significantly
reduced if everyone gets into the routine of washing their hands, especially
after using the washroom. That means lathering up with soap and running water
for a minimum of 10 seconds, or longer if the hands are visibly soiled.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety