Hand washing is the single most effective and least costly way to reduce the spread of infections, including the common cold, hepatitis A, food borne illnesses and many other viral and bacterial diseases. Alcohol-based hand rub is also effective in limiting the spread of such diseases.
The following procedures are also important to maintain the health and safety of both guests and volunteers.
- Wear disposable plastic gloves when bandaging cuts, changing diapers, changing wet beds, cleaning up bodily fluids, etc.
- Use an ounce of bleach in water used for washing dishes if you do not use a dish washing machine.
- Use a cup of bleach in the washer when laundering sheets, towels and other program laundry.
- Use disinfectant when cleaning bathrooms.
- Use a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water to disinfect diaper changing areas and any areas where blood or other bodily fluid is spilled.
- Wash hands with soap and water after performing any of the tasks above.
- Call 911 for any medical emergencies.
- Contact the director with concerns about guests who might be contagious.
- Isolate those with minor ailments who might be contagious away from other families and volunteers.