At my workplace there are women’s restrooms equipped with working faucets, sinks and soap dispensers. What a concept! So would you be reasonable in assuming that after a woman “potties” she would wash her hands since everything necessary to do so is readily available?
Why do you assume such an action?
Is it really necessary that she wash her hands at that time?
There are at least a few reasons that come to mind:
- She will be shaking hands with business clients and peers
- The swine flu as well as other viruses are rampant
- It is simply unsanitary
The reality, however, is that I can not even begin to tell you the number of women who leave the restroom WITHOUT washing their hands day after day.
Women! What are you thinking?
Needless to say, not only do I avoid shaking hands as often as possible, but I no longer touch the handle of the restroom door. I open the door to exit the restroom by wrapping the paper towel that was used to dry my hands around the handle.
So, you may ask, what is the proper procedure for washing your hands so that you actually kill the germs that cause all of us to get sick?
I’m glad you asked. Here are a few simple steps to proper hand washing:
- Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap.
- Use warm water if it is available.
- Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
- Continue rubbing your hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing “Happy Birthday” twice through to a friend!
- Rinse hands well under running water.
- Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet too.
That wasn’t hard now was it?
The next time you are tempted to leave the restroom without washing your hands, think of these:
Now don’t get me started on why women urinate on the toilet seat!