| TEXAS STYLIST & SALON | FEBRUARY 2018 | 5HandWashing is Critical During Flu Season
It is also a Rule for Both Barbers and
Barbers and cosmetologists are required to
wash their hands before providing a service to a
client. For most of us it is a simple habit, some-
thing we do without thinking. However, it never
hurts to be reminded.
When done properly hand washing is the
single most important action you can take to
avoid getting sick and spreading an illness to oth-
ers. We all know the benefits of hand washing yet
many people do not wash properly or frequently
enough. All day you accumulate germs on your
hands from a variety of sources: direct contact
with people, contaminated surfaces, even food.
You can contaminate yourself with these germs
by touching your eyes, nose or mouth. You can
also spread germs to others by either touching
them or touching surfaces that they also touch,
such as doorknobs, keyboards or telephones.
Illnesses that are commonly spread include:
colds, flu and some stomach disorders. While
most people can eventually get over a cold, the
flu can be much more serious, particularly for
older adults and people with chronic medical
problems. These people can develop pneumonia
once they come down with the flu and accord-
ing to research performed by the Mayo Clinic
the combination of the flu and pneumonia is the
eighth-leading cause of death among Americans.
The proper handwashing technique recom-
mended by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention includes the following steps:
1. Wash your hands with hot running water
2. Rub your hands together for at least 20 sec-
onds. (sing the ABC song twice)
3. Pay special attention to your wrists, the
backs of your hands, between your fingers and
under your fingernails.
4. Rinse well.
5. Leave the water running while you dry your
hands on a paper towel.
6. Use the paper towel as a barrier between
the faucet and your clean hands when you turn
off the water.
There is no sure-fire way to make sure you
don’t get a cold or the flu, but you can increase
your and your clients’ odds of staying healthy by
doing what your mother and kindergarten teach-
er taught you and what the Texas Department of
Licensing and Regulation requires of you, wash