8.6 Hand Washing

Whenever possible, appropriate gloves should be worn when handling biohazardous materials, Table 3.  However, gloves do not eliminate the need for regular and proper hand washing.  Hands must be washed with soap and running water after handling biohazardous materials and animals, before leaving the laboratory and before eating.  In most situations, thorough washing of hands with ordinary soap and water is sufficient to decontaminate them, but the use of germicidal soaps is recommended in high-risk situations.  Alcohol-based hand-rubs should be used to decontaminate lightly soiled hands when proper hand washing is not available