The Global Hygiene Council is a group of leading global experts in the fields of microbiology, virology, infectious disease, immunology, and public health. The Council review current infectious disease threats to society and formulate realistic recommendations on simple hygiene measures to help the public improve levels of hygiene in the home and community and in turn help to prevent the spread of all kinds of infections.
This year, The Global Hygiene Council, responding to consumer confusion about how best to be hygienically safe at home, has come up with a set of practical recommendations to help all of us practice good hygiene. By translating science into practice, everyone can have a clear idea of best practice.
The Hygiene Standards recommended by the Hygiene Council focuses on four key areas that we should monitor for good home hygiene: our hands, the surfaces in our home, our food preparation and storage and household laundry.
How Should You Wash Your Hands?
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- After handling dogs or other animals
When Should You Wash Your Hands?
Eating or feeding children
Applying contact lenses
Giving medication or first aid
Using the toilet or changing a child’s diaper
Handling pets and domestic animals
Contact with blood or body fluids
Coughing, sneezing, or blowing and scratching the nose
Contact with a potentially contaminated site
Before and After:
Handling raw food
Tending to someone who is sick
And Whenever . . .
Hands appear dirty