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How to raise hand hygiene standards

02 September 2013

For most people, hand washing is as routine as teeth brushing twice a day, but research has found that only five per cent actually wash their hands correctly.

With the average person harbouring between two and 10 million bacteria between fingertip and elbow, hand washing is not something that can be ignored. 

A Michigan State University Study found that whilst washroom users were likely to make use of hand washing facilities available, 95% of them didn’t wash their hands adequately or for long enough to kill bacteria.

The study also found:

  • People were more likely to wash their hands in the morning
  • People were less likely to wash their hands if the sink was dirty
  • People were more likely to wash their hands if there was sign to remind them

As lack of hand washing causes gastroenteritis, absence from work and the spreading of bacteria, the correct washroom solution is essential in encouraging users to wash and dry their hands effectively.

A clean foam soap dispenser and an intelligent paper towel dispenser, that keeps paper enclosed and maximises efficiency, will urge washroom users to raise hand hygiene standards. Hygienic dispensing solutions provide a constant reminder that washing hands is not something that you can afford to skip.

Perfect your hand washing technique

  • Wet your hands with running water and apply soap
  • Rub your hands together and scrub them well. Scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails
  • Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Rinse your hands under running water
  • Dry your hands using a paper towel

 Written by Clémence Flamée sales and marketing assistant for Connect Hygiene Products