World Hand Hygiene Day – Tips for effective hand hygiene

Today marks World Hand Hygiene Day – a cause that the team at LYNOSLIFE knows a thing or two about. In March 2020, we launched our Airmedica Irish-made handcare range in direct response to demand created by the pandemic. Almost overnight, there was an evident increase in the practise of hand hygiene as hand sanitising became an essential part of our everyday life.

And as the country continues to open up, hospitality resumes and we return to the office, it’s more important than ever to maintain these good habits. Our expert team has put some helpful tips together to help you to protect you and your family’s hands.

Washing

Washing hands with soap and water can help to remove any microorganisms you have come in contact with. When washing your hand you should aim to wash your hands for between 40-60 seconds and use a soap that contains antibacterial properties like our Airmedica Total Hand Shield Wash.

Rub hands from palm to palm, the backs of your fingers, and thumbs to ensure you have cleaned the whole surface of your hand. Rinse and dry with a single use towel or a hand dryer where possible.

Sanitising

Soap and water aren’t always readily available so hand sanitiser is a vital tool for those on the frontline and working with the public. However, not all hand sanitisers are created equal. With more brands entering the market, you need to be sure the products you are buying are effective and meet the stringent Irish and European quality standards.

To be fully effective, the Centre for Disease Control recommends using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol. Our Airmedica Sanitise hand sanitiser contains 70% alcohol and is clearly labelled with EN and PCS numbers. As it is a gel, it will stay on your hands for the required 20 seconds to be effective, before evaporating without a sticky residue.

Ensure that all jewellery is removed from your hands. Apply a pea sized amount of hand sanitiser into a cupped hand. Rub hands palm to palm ensuring that you include the backs of your fingers and thumbs. Keep rubbing until your hands are completely dry.

Protecting

Moisturising is an important  but sometimes forgotten part of hand hygiene routines.

Many people suffer from dry or chapped hands and microorganisms can enter the skin through areas with cuts or chapped skin.

By moisturising your hands you will reduce the risk of compromising your hand hygiene efforts. To prevent this, use a protective hand moisturiser that is kind to your hands such as our Protect Hand Cream.

For more on how to keep your hands safe and sanitised, get in touch at info@lynoslife.com.