Effects Of Not Washing Your Hands

Scott Spexarth
Danita White
Comp 1
15 October 2017
Why Handwashing is Important

Last Saturday morning, I sat in a food-handlers class for two hours. The one point that the instructor kept bringing up was the importance of handwashing. It needs to occur many times: before coming into work, before putting on gloves, after taking off gloves, after using the restroom and before handling food. Proper handwashing helps save lives and illnesses by drastically decreasing the number of infections. 80% of contagious illnesses are transferred by touch. Some people think that grabbing a bottle of antibacterial hand sanitizer is the same as washing your hands, but it's not.
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people claim to wash their hands well, only 67% have proven to do so. [1] People know it's important, but don't take the time to do it, and to do it right. One study [2] showed that handwashing was more likely to succeed in restaurants when they had more dedicated handwashing sinks, and the sinks were more available. Handwashing was less likely when the restaurants were busy or when gloves are used. That seems like a contradiction. However, gloves can be a source of contamination as well because workers tend to change them less than they should. Most food handling employees do not change their gloves often enough. They should change them in between handling different kinds of foods, or at least every four hours. Hands should be washed often, but should not be washed too often, like more than 35 times a day. Otherwise, the protective barriers in the skin can become damaged and more vulnerable to bacteria and pathogens.
An example of what can happen when nobody washes their hands ...

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