Handwashing

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The university provides and maintains hand hygiene stations campus-wide, including handwashing areas with soap, running warm water, and disposable paper towels or air dryers, as well as an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for public areas where handwashing is not feasible.

Hand Hygiene

Practicing hand hygiene is an effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat.

Proper Handwashing

Proper handwashing is a very effective method for infection control. When that is not possible, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Hand Sanitzer

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reminds us that hand sanitizers should only be used as a substitute for hand hygiene when soap and water are not available. Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs, and may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. Hand washing with soap and water is the most effective means of protection against viruses.

Hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed campus-wide, near all restrooms and drinking fountains and other high-traffic areas, including:

  • in high-traffic customer service locations (e.g., 1Capen, Student Services).
  • in unit or department locations recommended by Facilities Planning and Management Officers (FPMO).
  • throughout campus housing.
  • in all campus dining facilities.
  • outside all centrally-scheduled classrooms.

If there is no hand sanitizing dispenser located in public areas where hand sinks are not readily available, please contact University Facilities to request one.

Hand Soap

University Facilities continually restocks hand soap in shared campus spaces. Please contact us if you need your soap supply refilled.

Contact an Expert

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Environment, Health & Safety

Service Building, 220 Winspear Ave.

Phone: 716-829-3301

Email: ehs@facilities.buffalo.edu