Hand Sanitization

Practicing good hand hygiene is an important preventative action in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Soap and Water

When to Use

  • After entering from outside.
  • Before and after eating.
  • After using the restroom.
  • After taking out or touching garbage.
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • When your hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

How to Use

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water then apply the soap.
  • Lather your hands front and back, between your fingers and under your nails.
  • Scrub for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse under running water.
  • Dry using a clean towel or air dry.

Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer

When to Use

  • After entering a building if a washroom is not immediately available.
  • After coming in contact with high-touch surfaces and/or equipment if a washroom is not immediately available.
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Do not use hand sanitizer if your hands are visibly dirty, wash with soap and water instead.

How to Use

  • Make sure it contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Use enough to cover your hands completely
  • Rub your hands together until they feel dry.
  • Do not rinse or wipe off before it is dry.

Purchasing

Hand sanitizer is available on a limited basis and can be requested online through the Campus COVID Supply Store.

Considerations

In a typical office setting, there are differences to consider when deciding whether to wash or use a hand sanitizer. Soap and water work to remove all types of germs from hands, while sanitizer acts by killing certain germs on the skin. Although alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs in many situations, they should ideally only be used when access to soap and water is limited.