Remember when mom kept after you to: ``Go wash your hands!''? Gojo Industries Inc. has updated and refined that advice with the following Do's and Don'ts of Hand Care for Service Technicians: Wash properly. Waterless hand cleaners are usually most effective on the types of grease and grime that service technicians contact. To use:
Roll up your sleeves to get dirt that may be on your forearms; don't wet hands-apply a small amount of cleaner to dry palms; work in with your thumb for about 30 seconds to loosen dirt; add water, if available, and continue rubbing; rinse; wipe off and dry thoroughly.
Use a protectant before work to protect and promote quick clean-ups.
Use an antiseptic skin treatment after work to soothe and restore skin.
Wash hands before and after using the restroom to avoid spreading irritants to other parts of your body.
Wear personal protective equipment whenever possible. When contact with irritants is unavoidable, wash up immediately afterwards.
Change work clothes daily and wash separately from family laundry.
NEVER use harsh detergents, solvents or irritating chemicals, such as gasoline, turpentine or benzene, to clean skin.
NEVER eat, drink or smoke with dirty hands. Harmful chemicals can enter the body through the mouth and could damage vital organs.
Don't use regular bar or lotion soap if hands are full of grease-use an appropriate strength cleaner.
For ``in-between'' clean-ups, use a wipe impregnated with hand cleaner, not a dirty shop towel, which may contain shreds of metal or debris.