SAFE OPERATIONS MEETING
Wash Your Hands
We assume all workers know how to wash their hands, but many people don't realize how important hand washing and skin care can be in the prevention of disease. Proper skin care and hand protection help keep workers productive and on the job.
The best defense against the spread of illness or skin ailments is to prevent them where possible by washing often, using barrier creams and wearing gloves designed to protect skin from contact with various harmful agents and irritants. If gloves are worn, clean or replace them frequently to make sure they donít collect or absorb irritants. Check gloves often for wear, cuts or pinholes. Be sure the gloves you choose are the proper type and material to protect against the specific chemical or situation youíll encounter. Wearing gloves and practicing personal hygiene, especially regular hand washing, helps prevent:
There are things employers can do to help workers improve attention to skin care and understand the importance of regular hand washing. For example:
Education and awareness set the pace for good hygiene practices for everyone. Itís a simple matter to use plenty of soap and water, appropriate creams and/or gloves to protect the health and safety of your hands.
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