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The Core Handwash

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  1. Pre-rinse/wet hands with a solid flow of warm water.
  2. Dispense enough liquid or foam handsoap to match the soil load.
  3. Lather by rubbing hands vigorously, palm-to-palm, front-to-back, claw-to-paw, tthe interlock, wrists and thumbs. Pay particular attention to:

    • Finger tips and nails
    • Side of thumb and index finger
    • Wrists
    • Palms of hand

    This scrubbing process should take 15-20 seconds to complete. Repeat process for those extra heavy soiling situations.
  4. Rinse thoroughly in fast flowing warm water.
  5. Dry with friction and force, using a single-use paper towel.
  6. If hands-free faucets are unavailable, turn off faucets with paper towel to prevent recontamination.

Effectivenees of the "Core Handwash" can be further enhanced by the use of a recyclable, fused bristle brush, in step 3 above - the "Core + Brush Handwash". It is recommended specifically for the first handwash of the shift and after each visit to the washroom.

The Core Handwash

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