As of 2015, printable hand-washing signs are available on government websites for the Minnesota Department of Health, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Florida Department of Health. Massachusetts Health and Human Services and the Forsyth County, North Carolina, Environmental Health division, both provide other hygiene resources.
Printable hand-washing posters are useful for encouraging high standards of hygiene in areas that are highly susceptible to the growth and spread of germs, including schools, food-service businesses and health facilities. The aforementioned websites offer pictorial posters that visually illustrate effective hand-washing techniques and textual posters with hygiene reminders and instructions. Fact sheet and statistics posters provide concise detailed information on the importance of preventing disease, common ways germs spread and the healthy habits individuals should adopt. They also direct readers to sources where they can obtain further information.
Publishers gear many printouts towards specific audiences, such as children, or format them for compliance with workplace health standards. The Massachusetts Health and Human Services accommodates multilingual environments with hand-washing signs in several languages, including Spanish, Chinese and French. Health websites also offer in-depth printouts on topics related to hand-washing, such as using proper hygiene when coughing, washing with alcohol-based hand rubs and avoiding harmful respiratory infections.