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Describe the key principles of good personal hygiene


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As a care worker, you will have close contact with vulnerable individuals, so it is important that you have a good standard of personal hygiene to prevent the spread of infection.


Good personal hygiene includes:

  • Proper hand washing before and after tasks
  • Regular bathing/showering to keep skin clean
  • Keeping hair clean and tied back
  • Wearing clean clothing and ensuring uniforms are washed between shifts
  • Only wearing uniforms in the workplace
  • Not smoking in uniforms
  • Not wearing jewelry at work
  • Keeping fingernails trimmed and clean
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