Save Lives–It’s In Your Hands

Save Lives–It's In Your Hands

A study found that poor personal hygiene of food workers was a contributing factor in up to 38% of foodborne illness outbreaks. Additionally, in outbreaks determined to be caused by food worker contamination, 89% featured pathogens transferred to food by workers’ hands.1 Another study found that food workers carried out about 9 activities an hour that should have involved handwashing. Workers only washed their hands in a quarter (27%) of these activities!2

HAND HYGIENE BY THE NUMBERS

Percentage of outbreaks in which poor personal hygiene of food workers was a contributing factor

Percentage of outbreaks in which pathogens were transferred to food by workers’ hands1

Percenage of times food workers actually washed their hands prior to activities requiring handwashing2

The annual World Health Organization’s “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands” campaign spotlights the importance of hand hygiene in preventing infections globally. “Clean Your Hands Day” is celebrated on May 5th, 2019, and Sani Professional® is proud to support its mission of hand hygiene and infection prevention.

Handwashing is one of the FDA’s recommended prevention methods as it can significantly reduce transmission of pathogens from hands to food and other objects. The Food Code indicates that proper handwashing should take at least 20 seconds and include running warm water, soap, friction between the hands for 10 to 15 seconds, rinsing, and drying with clean towels or hot air.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises that hands be washed before:

  • Making food and
  • Putting on gloves to make food.

FDA also advises that hands be washed after:

  • Eating,
  • Drinking,
  • Using tobacco,
  • Coughing,
  • Sneezing,
  • Using tissue,
  • Preparing raw animal products,
  • Handling dirty equipment, and
  • Touching the body (such as scratching your nose) 2

Yet, when soap and water aren’t readily available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that the best means of cleaning and sanitizing hands is an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Below illustrates best practice for hand hygiene using a hand sanitizing wipe:

Sani Professional® Hands Instant Sanitizing Wipes:

  • Kills 99.99% of germs on hands
  • Proven 99.99% effective in 15 seconds against top foodborne pathogens*
  • Studies prove that hand wipes are more effective than gels at removing dirt and soil from hands*
  • Approved and recommended for use prior to handling, preparing or eating food
  • NSF certified
  • FDA food code compliant
  • Ideal when soap and water are not available
Reduce the Spread of Germs: Sanitize Hands
These findings, along with evidence that poor personal hygiene frequently contributes to foodborne-illness outbreaks, indicate that improvement of food workers’ hygiene practices is needed. Download our handy infographic: “10 Personal Hygiene Fundamentals”