Personal Hygiene

How to properly wash your hands


Every day our hands touch surfaces covered with pathogens that we cannot see. Remember, even healthy people can spread pathogens. For this reason, handwashing is the most important part of personal hygiene.

Where to Wash Hands

Hands need to be washed in a sink designated for handwashing. Do not wash hands in sinks for food prep, dishwashing, or utility services.

How to Wash Hands

When to Wash Hands

  • Using the restroom.
  • Handling raw meat, poultry, and seafood (before and after).
  • Touching the hair, face, or body.
  • Sneezing, coughing, or using a tissue
  • Eating, drinking, smoking, or chewing gum or tobacco.
  • Handling chemicals that might affect food safety.
  • Taking out garbage.
  • Clearing tables or busing dirty dishes.
  • Touching clothing or aprons.
  • Handling money.
  • Leaving and returning to the kitchen/prep area.
  • Touching anything else that may contaminate hands, such as dirty equipment, work surfaces, or wiping cloths.