Washing Your Hands the PROPER Way


Without a doubt most people are aware of the importance of washing their hands before handling any food – that is to prevent the spreading of foodborne illnesses, but did you know that there is a proper hand washing technique set for a food handler to follow?


The routine is extremely important whether you are using gloves or not, as the steps are recommended by World Health Organization (WHO). Even though the temperature of the water is not as important as the technique that is used, the suggestion for using warm water is the ideal. Washing hands using regular soap, warm water and proper hand washing technique will suffice to ensure your hands are clean. The illustration will broadly show you the technique.


The graphic below gives you an in-depth illustration of the above (point #4): wash the backs of your hands, wrists, between fingers and under fingernails. Click on the image to enlarge.


It is recommended to have a designated sink for hand washing to be provided in food preparation areas. The area should be easily accessible, located closely to the working area and is not likely to be obstructed.

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