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. UC Davis has temporary and permanent hand hygiene stations across campus in critical locations, which can be found on the COVID-19 Resources digital map.
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- Don't use methanol-based hand-sanitizer
- Prevent Hand Sanitizer Burns
- Placement of Hand Sanitizer Dispensers
When completing your worksite plans, consider areas where access to alcohol-based hand sanitizers could be helpful, for example a conference room, reception area, copy rooms or common areas where sinks are not located nearby. Worksite planners can email us if they need additional guidance.
Hand sanitization supplies are currently available via AggieBuy in a variety of sizes. Learn more about purchasing limited quantities of supplies and PPE at no cost to your department.
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 a soap and water is limited.