Washing your hands properly helps keep food safe to eat for yourself and family, saves time, water, energy and helps prevent the spread of disease. Absences due to illness are also reduced.
With the High Speed Hand Washing technique and some practice, groups of 5 to 30 adults to preschoolers can get their hands washed in 5 minutes or less!
In the workplace, High Speed Hand Washing is an excellent method to assure properly cleaned hands for beginning a shift or after breaks. Posters are in English, Spanish and bilingual, color or grayscale. Training guides are in English or Spanish.
In school programs, students practice good food safety habits with proper hand washing before lunch or snacks. Posters, training videos, lesson plans and tips, and supplemental activities are available in English and some in Spanish.
The Basic Lesson Plan for the High Speed Hand Washing technique can be adapted for a wide variety of settings and audiences. Storybooks are used to help engage younger children for literature-based learning. Skits and games engage youth through adults with age-related food safety messages.
High Speed Hand Washing activities provide academic benchmark opportunities that help students achieve important goals. Grade level adaptations and benchmarks will be posted on this site soon.
For more information about general food safety and hygiene or about implementing High Speed Hand Washing with your workplace or students, contact Glenda Hyde, Lauren Kraemer or use the OSU Extension Service's Ask an Expert service to submit a question online.