Global Handwashing Day

​Today is Global Handwashing Day!

The Food Safety Information Council states that thorough hand washing is one of the keys to reducing the 4.1 million cases of food poisoning in Australia each year.

The Food Safety Information Council has designed 2 posters, one for adults and one for children and, in both cases, suggest singing 'Happy birthday to you' so you can time the 20 second period you need to wash and then dry your hands'.  The posters can be downloaded here:

Here are three tips on how to wash your hands correctly:

  1. Wet your hands and rub together well to build up a good lather with soap as the suds help to loosen the bugs. Do this for at least 20 seconds and don't forget to wash between your fingers and under your nails.
  2. Rinse well under running water to wash away the bugs from your hands
  3. Dry your hands thoroughly on a clean towel for at least 20 seconds – a hand dryer may take a little longer.

Always wash and dry your hands:

  • before handling, preparing and eating food
  • after touching raw meat, fish, shell eggs or chicken
  • after using the toilet, attending to children's (or others) toileting and changing nappies
  • after blowing your nose​


Tasmanian Dairy Industry Authority
PO Box 303
Devonport TAS 7310
Phone: 03 6478 4100
Fax: 03 6441 5900

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