May 5th: Thanks for cleaning your hands

The Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC) wants to thank everyone who is making a difference by following public health measures, including cleaning their hands. On May 5, the GBACHC acknowledges and supports the Clean Your Hands Day campaign. People and organizations across Canada are invited to participate in the campaign led by Healthcare Excellence Canada in conjunction with the World Health Organization’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign.

Maintaining good hand and respiratory hygiene are very important personal practices that help reduce the risk of becoming infected or spreading infection to others.

Here are the steps everyone can take:

  • Clean hands often, with soap and warm water or with hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
  • When coughing or sneezing:
      • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of the arm, not the hand
      • Dispose of any tissues used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and clean hands immediately afterwards
      • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Before applying and after removing a mask, wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer

On May 5th and every day, join Healthcare Excellence Canada by celebrating those making a difference by following local public health guidance.

This year, Healthcare Excellence Canada has changed the name of ‘STOP! Clean Your Hands Day’ to ‘Clean Your Hands Day’ to reflect the importance of continuing what we’re doing – namely, following public health guidance, including cleaning our hands. Now is the time to thank everyone who is doing their part, not just in cleaning their hands, but also following all public health measures to control the spread of disease.

Jennifer Zelmer

President and CEO, Healthcare Excellence Canada, the new organization that brings together the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

About Clean Your Hands Day

Clean Your Hands Day is led by Healthcare Excellence Canada. The campaign is in conjunction with the World Health Organization’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign. Partners include the Public Health Agency of Canada, Infection Prevention and Control Canada, Patients for Patient Safety Canada, Public Health Ontario, Health Standards Organization, and L’Association des infirmières en prévention des infections.

Find out how to participate in this year’s campaign at handhygiene.ca.