Hand Hygiene

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1. Hand Hygiene is a general term referring to any action of hand cleansing.

Notes: Examples are:

  • Hand washing
  • Antiseptic hand wash
  • Antiseptic hand rub.

(Source: Business Continuity Management Institute - BCM Institute)


2. Hand hygiene is a term that applies to the cleaning of ones hands. This is usually done with soap and water, hand sanitizer, or hand wipes. To kill an influenza virus hands must be washed with soap and water for 15 seconds and hand sanitizers or wipes must be used for 10 seconds and have an alcohol content of at least 60%.

(2006, Pandemic Influenza Business Continuity Guide & Template for San Francisco Businesses. San Francisco Department of Public Health. Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Section.)