Hand hygiene, when done properly, is one of the best ways to avoid contracting and spreading many infections. Infectious diseases such as the common cold, influenza and several gastrointestinal disorders are commonly spread through hand-to-mouth contact.
For effective hand hygiene:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water
- Dry your hands with a clean, dry towel or paper towel
It's important to always wash your hands before handling food, but just as important to wash them after:
- Handling raw meat and poultry
- Going to the toilet
- Handling pets
- Gardening or playing outdoors
The 'Glo Box'
Toi Te Ora Public Health has developed the ‘Glo Box’, which is a visual, interactive way for children to learn the importance of hand hygiene. Public health nurses in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes Districts visit schools with the resource.
The glowing area on the hand (shown below) demonstrates parts missed during hand washing. If it glows under the UV lights then it is still dirty. Commonly the areas missed during washing are between the fingers, the thumbs and underneath the nails. Children are encouraged to pay special attention to these areas.
Contact us for more information.
For more information about hand hygiene:
- How and when to wash your hands flyer
- Information about foodborne illnesses
- Print off or order hand hygiene resources
- Wash and dry your hands sticker - for use in bathrooms and restrooms
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly poster in English, te reo Māori, Sāmoan, Tongan, Chinese simplified and Hindi