Guide to handwashing

The Health and Safety Laboratory has published a research report into the efficacy of cleaning products being used as an alternative to handwashing. The lengthy report is very technical in nature, but an interesting outcome is a recommended hierarchy of choice for hand hygiene methods.

The five alternatives in order of effectiveness are: washing with soap and warm water, washing with soap and cold water, rinsing with water alone, using moistened wipes, and finally the use of hand rubs or gels.

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