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Hand Washing Station

Hand washing is the single most important prevention step for reducing the spread of disease. The hand washing station provides a fun and safe way for revealing “germs you can see.” This is an effective tool to demonstrate hand washing, surface cleaning, hygiene, and containment techniques.

After applying a special gel to simulate “germs” that are often picked up from everyday surfaces, participants place their hands under the hand-washing lamp to illuminate them. Education on proper hand washing is provided before participants own hand washing is put to the test.

The amount of effort required to remove the simulated germs is equal to that of removing most bacteria. The hand-washing lamp reveals the remaining “germs” as proof of improper hand washing. Additional handouts and resources are provided.

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