Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene is a critical part of preventing the spread of COVID-19. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. You should perform hand hygiene frequently, including after touching your face mask/covering; after touching your face; when entering common spaces, workrooms, and breakrooms; before eating; after using the restroom; and while using shared workspaces, electronic devices, and equipment.

It is best to wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. However, when this is not an option, community members should use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol is effective against COVID-19. Soap and water work to remove all types of germs on the skin, while hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs by killing them on the surface. Hand sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs, and they may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy, so it is important to wash your hands using soap and warm water whenever possible. Hand sanitizer should be applied to all areas of the hand by rubbing the product over the surfaces of the hand, which should take approximately 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer may be used as an alternative to handwashing, except before eating, preparing or serving food, and after using the restroom.

The University plans to provide hand sanitizer via multiple methods:

  • Dispensers Inside Buildings: The University will install hand sanitizer dispensers at high traffic areas, and at building entrances and exits. When access to sinks is limited, please use the hand sanitizer to clean your hands and prevent spread of germs. The University will continue to evaluate high traffic areas and install additional hand sanitizer stations as necessary.
  • Department Offices: Each department suite will receive an allotment of hand sanitizer bottles for the academic year. This hand sanitizer is intended for communal use in high-traffic areas with shared equipment, such as copiers and printers. This hand sanitizer is 63% alcohol and compliant with CDC recommendations for use against COVID-19. To request an additional supply of hand sanitizer, work orders should be placed with Physical Plant, including the office and department requiring additional supply.
  • Vehicle Hand Sanitizer: Carts and other University vehicles have been outfitted with refillable hand sanitizer bottles. To refill your bottle, first check with the department that manages the vehicle. If the department’s supply is out, please place a work order on the Physical Plant website.