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The importance of hand hygiene

In today's fast-paced work environment, the health and well-being of employees have become paramount. Among the many health-related concerns, hand hygiene has emerged as a critical component in ensuring a safe workplace. Understanding its importance and implementing best practices can significantly reduce the risk of illness and boost overall productivity.

Poor hand hygiene can have a negative impact on businesses, including

  • Disease Transmission: Dirty hands can be a conduit for bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Given the communal nature of most workplaces, a single contaminated hand can become a vector for a wide-scale spread.

  • Economic Impact: Ill employees mean a rise in absenteeism, which can translate to decreased productivity and financial losses.

  • Reputation: Especially for businesses in the hospitality, health, or food sectors, poor hygiene can tarnish the company's reputation and deter customers.

Good hand hygiene practices can prevent the spread of illness in the workplace. Proper hand hygiene can kill or remove most pathogens, making it less likely they’ll be transmitted to others or onto surfaces that others touch. While hand hygiene helps in preventing the immediate spread of germs, it also ensures that fewer pathogens enter our system, indirectly boosting overall immunity.

 

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What can be done to improve hand hygiene in the workplace?

  1. Regular Training: Conduct workshops on correct handwashing techniques. This includes scrubbing hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, ensuring all parts of the hand are cleaned.

  2. Visible Reminders: Place posters or signs near sinks and communal areas, reminding employees of the importance of handwashing.

  3. Easy Access: Ensure that handwashing stations are easily accessible, especially near restrooms and eating areas.

  4. Touchless Systems: Whenever possible, implement touchless faucets, soap dispensers, and hand dryers to reduce contact and potential contamination.

  5. Routine Checks: Regularly check handwashing stations to ensure they are stocked and functional.

  6. Culture of Health: Encourage employees to stay home when feeling unwell to reduce the risk of spreading illness.

In the modern world, we have access to multiple products and services, to have the best in-practice hand hygiene implemented. Hand sanitisers should be readily available, especially in areas where sinks might not be. Ensure sanitisers contain at least 60% alcohol for effectiveness. Liquid soap as it's less likely to harbour bacteria than bar soap. Disposable towels are effective for drying hands and can also be used to turn off faucets or open doors, further reducing the chance of re-contamination. If opting for electric hand dryers, consider models that are efficient and hygienic with HEPA filtration. Hand wipes can be especially useful for quick cleaning when employees are on-the-go or for wiping down surfaces. And, finally, gloves for tasks that involve potential contact with contaminants, provide disposable gloves.

Promoting hand hygiene is an investment in the health of employees and, by extension, the health of a business. By understanding its importance, being aware of the associated risks, and implementing best practices, workplaces can become safer, healthier, and more productive environments.

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