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4 Observations about hand washing and your Health:


Most of us know just how important hand washing is in protecting our health. Our goal in the professional cleaning industry is to encourage everyone to wash their hands properly and frequently. However, according to Stephen Ashkin, the "father of Green Cleaning" who is helping foster sustainability within the professional cleaning industry says, there are a few myths about hand washing we need to be aware of. Below are just a few: 1.   Always wash with hot water. Most of us think hot water helps kill germs and bacteria on our hands. But the reality is, the water would have to be scalding hot to make that happen. In fact, hot water may work against us. Water that is too hot may cause us to remove our hands too quickly to wash properly. Further, researchers in Florida found that there is statistically little difference whether hands are washed in hot or cold water. Remember it is the length of time you wash your hands. Simple trick sing Happy Birthday twice for optium hand washing time. 2.   Always use antibacterial soap when washing hands. Back in 2007, a study of Triclosan, which was used in hand soap and is now banned in the U.S., did not significantly reduce the number of bacteria on hands. Since then other studies have come to similar conclusions about many other antibacterial hand soaps. 3   You don't have to dry your hands after washing. Some people wash their hands, shake them off, and then fly out the door. Drying hands helps remove any remaining microbes on hands plus it is easier for pathogens to collect on hands that are wet. 4.  Hand drying: Using paper hand towels is the best way to dry hands. This is true and for a variety of reasons. First, correctly using a hand towel to dry hands takes about 10 seconds. Studies indicate it can take as long as 45 seconds for some electric dryers to remove moisture from hands thoroughly, far too long for most people to wait. And some studies indicate that hand dryers can spread microbes to nearby surfaces, increasing the chances of cross- contamination. Second, paper hand towels are single use vehicles with little to no opportunity to spread germs. "Hand washing is like everything else," says Ashkin. "If you're going to do it, and I hope you do, you've got to do it right." You and your teams health is important to us. Please let us know how we can help you provide a clean working environment for you and your team.

At your service. Sincerely, Buck Rogers Bison Environmental www.bisonenvironmental.com 254-836-0269 office  254-836-0383 fax

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