Community Health

The Biosafety Advisory Committee (BSAC) external link is responsible for the oversight and administration of community health at the University of Regina. The BSAC reports to and advises the Vice-President (Administration) on all matters related to community health. For information regarding University of Regina community health, please contact the U of R Biosafety Officer.

Clean Hands Prevent Illness

Handwashing is more than just running water over your hands. Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infections. It helps prevent diseases, such as colds, influenza (flu), and foodborne illness. It's easy, doesn't cost much, and it works!

When should you wash your hands?

Wash your hands:

  • Often, especially during cold and influenza (flu) season. This can reduce your risk of catching or spreading a cold or influenza.
  • Before, during, and after you prepare food. This reduces your risk of catching or spreading bacteria that cause a foodborne illness. Be especially careful to wash before and after you prepare poultry, raw eggs, meat, or seafood.
  • Before and after you care for someone who is sick. It's also important to wash your hands before and after you treat a cut or wound.
  • Before you eat.

Wash your hands after you:

  • Go to the bathroom or change diapers. This reduces your risk of catching or spreading diseases such as salmonella or hepatitis A.
  • Cough, sneeze, or blow your nose.
  • Handle or prepare foods, especially after you touch raw meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, or eggs.
  • Touch an animal, animal waste, pet food, or pet treats.
  • Handle garbage, use the phone, or shake hands.