Having your hands clean is a measure that will help you avoid germs and diseases, while avoiding transmitting them to others, since dirty hands are a great source of disease spread. Washing your hands with running water is an effective way to “get vaccinated” against the spread of germs.
We know that the work routine of the truck driver implies, in many cases, to get down to work, loading, unloading, and greeting people, which in short, gets their hands dirty. But, if in each truck stop, truckers follow the following recommended steps by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to keep their hands clean, they can avoid catching diseases and remain healthier:
1. Wet your hands with clean and running water. The temperature should be warm or cold.
2. Soap your hands, preferring liquid soap. If the trucker carries soap with him in his truck it will be a guarantee that he will wash his hands well.
3. Lather your hands to generate foam from the soap. Pass the foam all over the hand, its back, under the nails and between the fingers.
4. Scrub the hands for around 20 seconds.
5. Rinse the hands with water, completely removing the soap.
6. Dry your hands with a disposable paper towel or simply let them air dry.
When should truckers wash their hands?
1. At every truck stop
2. Before preparing their food, during the preparation and once they finish preparing it.
3. Before they start to eat
4. Before and after touching a wound
5. After going to the bathroom
6. After touching animals and their feces
7. After touching a person who is sick
8. After touching garbage
9. After cleaning the nose, sneezing or coughing
In the event that truck drivers cannot stop at a truck stop to wash their hands with running water, they can resort to hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol. They are an efficient resource to quickly clean hands, but they are not 100% effective in eliminating all types of microbes. They also do not work if the hands are very dirty or contain a lot of grease. Ask your doctor about other cleaning methods that allow you to have clean hands on the road.