So you think we all know how to wash our hands? Well this short training session will tell you how and why we get it so wrong and then tell you exactly how to ensure your hands are clean and sanitised.
Unclean hands account for the vast majority of disease transmission which causes illness and death.
Good hand hygiene could save your life and that of others including the people you love.
Trouble is we (that’s people like me) have always told you to wash your hands for 20 seconds.
Now that’s great except for one thing.
We don’t do it!!!
So here is a completely new approach that I think will make hand hygiene a more thoughtful and practical process.
When I refer to hand sanitiser in this course I specifically mean alcohol hand sanitiser that has at least 60% alcohol content. This is not to say other non-alcohol hand sanitisers are ineffective. Its just that I haven’t done any research on the wide variety of non-alcohol hand sanitisers available and I know from the most reliable sources (such as CDC and WHO) that 60% + alcohol content sanitiser is effective against many germs including viruses like COVID 19. But note alcohol based hand sanitiser is not effective against noro-viruses (more on that in the course!).
WITHOUT DOUBT, USING SOAP AND WATER TO WASH HANDS IS THE BEST OPTION WHEN AVAILABLE (AND WHEN DONE PROPERLY!)
Make sure you complete all the lessons and quizzes to get your Advanced Hand Hygiene Certificate
Note this training has been made more generic to include infectious diseases including COVID-19.
Bob Askew has had over 50 years experience as an Environmental Health Officer and Food Safety Verifier. His experience includes emergency aid work for global aid agencies OXFAM and the International Red Cross.
Specific to this course he has been involved in managing several infectious disease outbreaks including cholera, diptheria, noroviruses, hepatitis, leptospirosis and a numerous food borne disease outbreaks. In regards to food specific outbreaks he has experience with salmonella, campylobacter, listeria and shigella and several other food-borne illnesses.
His experience also includes actually suffering from a number of the above diseases!
Advanced Hand Hygiene
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How Hands Contaminate
Consequences of Poor Hand Washing
In this lesson you will learn the ‘inconvenient truth’ about why 90% of us never wash our hands properly.
In this lesson you will learn how we are constantly touching our face and how that can cause problems for us.
A New Way to Think About Germs
In this lesson we are using a way to imagine how bugs get everywhere and what we can do to survive living in the ‘bug jungle’
Hand Hygiene – Knowing and Doing!
Cleaning and/or Sanitising Hands
In the second section we focus on the principle issues – and in this lesson learn about the difference between cleaning and sanitising and how soap and alcohol hand sanitisers are effective in getting rid of germs on our hands.
Practical Hand Hygiene
In this lesson you will get more information to really drive home how you must wash your hands properly.
In this lesson I will pass on my 50 years of knowledge as an Environmental Health Officer and give you my three top tips to really get your hand hygiene to ‘gold standard’. We will also learn an important thing about the common stomach bug caused by noroviruses.
What About? (FAQ’s)
Cold or Warm Water?
In this section we start going through frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) about hand hygiene – starting with “Must I use hot water to wash my hands”?
Bar or Flowing Soap?
In this FAQ we will discuss bar soap and flowing soap and which is the best choice.
Is Antibacterial Soap Better?
In this FAQ we will look at plain and antibacterial soaps and whether one type is better than the other.
Jewellery, Watches, Fingernails?
In this FAQ we will take a practical look at how hand jewellery can affect hand hygiene – something of particular importance to food handlers!
This FAQ deals with one of the most polarising issues – whether we must use a nailbrush! – An interesting discussion you will not want to miss and it does provide a best option for using them.
Best Ways to Dry Hands?
In this FAQ the hand drying options are discussed. If you consider that hand drying removes dead skin and bugs it will be obvious which is the worst choice!