Six hand-cleaning “don’ts”

Oct. 13, 2015

It is easy to cut corners when it comes to keeping hands clean in tough work environments, observes James W. Arbogast, Ph.D., vice president of health and hygiene alliances at Gojo Industries, a leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings.

He offers this list of “nevers” to remind technicians of what not to do.

1. Never use harsh detergents, solvents or chemicals to clean hands. Stick to a cleanser formulated for tough soils.

2. Never wipe hands on a dirty shop towel. Shop towels can contain metal shavings or other debris that can cut and damage hands.

3. Never use abrasives or brushes that aren’t designed for the skin.

4. Never put dirty contaminated hands in gloves. The gloves will trap the contaminants against the skin, causing irritation and even permeation.

5. Never eat or drink with hands that are covered in chemicals or dirt to avoid ingesting dangerous substances.

6. Never handle harsh chemicals with unprotected hands.

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