The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 2, 2009
CalPERS issues detailed handwashing instructions

HandWashing_250px.jpgIt must be flu season.

This memo came our way from a State Worker blog user who first sent it to another state employee with the note, "Can you believe?"

From: OSSD, Facilities Management Unit
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 4:45 PM
To: Exchange Users, HQ
Subject: Preparing for the Upcoming Flu Season

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness. In preparation for the upcoming flu season, soap dispensers will be installed in all break rooms and coffee stations by October 14. In addition,
12-oz bottles of hand sanitizers will be placed at these locations, as well as all public counters. Large 2-liter bottles of hand sanitizers are on backorder with an anticipated delivery during October. Here are a few helpful tips:

When washing hands with soap and water:
Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
Continue rubbing hands for 15-20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice.
Rinse hands well under running water.
Dry your hands using a paper towel.
Always use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast-acting. When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
Apply product to the palm of one hand.
Rub hands together.
Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.

At home, hand washing can prevent infection and illness from spreading from family member to family member and, sometimes throughout a community. In the home, the basic rule is to wash hands before preparing food, after handling uncooked meat and poultry, before eating, after changing diapers, after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one's nose into a tissue, and after using the bathroom.

Help us keep yourself and others healthy!

Please reply if you have questions about this information. Thank you.

Facilities Management Unit
Operations Support Services Division
California Public Employees' Retirement System


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