Clean Hands Week Puts Focus on Scrubbing

As National Clean Hands Week begins, Jim Mann, president and founder of Handwashing for Life, gives suggestions for what to do if you spot people leaving restrooms without washing their hands. He says it helps to work with an accomplice.

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This is the beginning of National Clean Hands Week. And we're in an NPR bathroom, washing our hands, thinking about this. We've all been in a restroom when somebody leaves without washing their hands. It's a matter of concern but what can you do? Should you confront that person?

Jim Mann is president and founder of Handwashing for Life, a company-based in the Chicago area. He says it helps to work with an accomplice.

Mr. JIM MANN (Executive Director, Handwashing for Life Institute): The best example I had was going to the restroom with my grandson, who innocently as we're each at one of the hand sinks and a person behind us walked by without washing his hands. He looked up at me into the mirror and said papa, why is it that people will use the restroom and not wash their hands? So I responded and the person walking by, sheepishly came back to the sink. I do think that people honestly forget to wash their hands. So reminders aren't as uncalled for as you might think.

ADAMS: So consider yourself reminded.

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