Handwashing & Drying Guidance

One of the most important days within 2020 has to be Global Handwashing Day (October 15 th).

Global Handwashing Day

The COVID-19 pandemic provides a stark reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of a virus is also one of the simplest: hand hygiene, especially through handwashing with soap. To beat the virus today and ensure better health outcomes beyond the pandemic, handwashing with soap must be a priority now and in the future. This year’s theme, Hand Hygiene for All, calls for all of society to achieve universal hand hygiene.

On average, you come into contact with 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, exposing you to 840,000+ bacteria and viruses, with only about 5% of us washing our hands correctly. Good hand hygiene starts in the home. From a young age, we are taught to wash our hands before we eat, after using the bathroom, messing with animals and any other messy tasks. As we get older some of us become lazy and complacent.

There are many ways to implement good hand hygiene within your business and other environments. To help you understand the options for hand hygiene, below are our top tips for washing and drying your hands.

 The Importance of Handwashing

Washing hand with soap and water has been proven to be the best method at preventing the spread of bacteria and viruses (World Health Organization). The recent coronavirus pandemic has seen an increase in people washing their hands for 20 seconds on a regular basis.

We as the human race frequently touch our eye, nose and mouth without even realising it. Germs can enter our bodies immune system through the eyes, nose and mouth which in turn can make use sick. Hand hygiene also protects those around us, as germs from unwashed hands can transfer to objects. Objects such as handrails, tabletops, doors and much more, the list literally is endless. Once the bacteria, or virus, from unwashed hands, has landed on an object, the next user will then pick up whatever germs you have and potentially become infected. If you hand children you will understand how children can pick up the common cold so easily from school.

We are very much still in the midst of a pandemic. To help reduce the spread of the virus, businesses should ensure they are providing and range of handwashing facility for both employees and customers.

 Hand Sanitiser and Soap Dispensers.

Sanitiser and soap dispensers can be free-standing or fixed to the wall. All dispensers provided by Hygienic Concepts incorporate antimicrobial technology – proven to reduce bacterial growth by 99.99%. As part of our platinum service, our engineer will ensure your dispenser is cleaned and refilled for optimum usage.

The dispenser can use both liquid and foam hand sanitiser or soap. Hygienic Concepts provides a Never-Run-Out complete virucidal and bactericidal solution. The first defence against infectious pathogens.

Out and About

If you are out and about a handy 100ml bottle of Clinell hand sanitiser is ideal. The 100ml pocket-size bottles are a convenient way to ensure that your employees and customers are protected on the go.

Should you dry your hands?

The answer is yes! Germs love warm wet hands and areas of the body as these are the areas they can reproduce and multiply faster. A study found damp hands are 1,000x more likely to spread bacteria than dry hands. With only about 20% of people dry their hands after washing them.

Recently, the only thing that has seemed to be important is washing your hand regularly and for 20 seconds whilst singing happy birthday twice. However, hand drying is just as important as the initial handwashing.

Electrical Hand Dryers

Electrical hand dryers provide a quick and easy system to drying hands with hands being dried with 10 – 20 seconds. Hygienic Concepts provide a wide range of hand dryers that are suitable for different environments. Our TurboXtreme is ideal for washrooms with a high footfall. Our Compact Razor hand dryer is ideal for schools as it has a low wind speed.

As a part of our platinum service contract, our engineers ensure all hand dryers are cleaned internally and externally, leaving the dryer in clean working order.

Manual Hand Drying

Our range of manual hand drying systems includes roller towel cabinets and paper towel dispensers.

Cabinet roller towels are low maintenance and convenient hand drying method. All towels are 100% cotton and will be hygienically cleaned through our extensive wash process. Our cabinet roller towels are designed to eliminate the problem of towels jamming, it contains separate compartments for clean and used sections of the towel for improved hygiene.

Paper towel dispensers provide a hygienic solution for both employees and customers. Each paper towel is single-use made from 100% recycled paper.

Washroom Services You Can Rely On!

We are all changing and adapting to the new normal. With new hygiene measures put in place on a regular basis, you can rest assured that our Hygienic Concepts experts are with you every step of the way. If you are unsure about hand hygiene, dispensers or hand drying contact our expert advisors to ensure you are compliant to new UK legislation.

Use today and every other day to help raise awareness of the importance of hand hygiene. Let us all celebrate global handwashing day together (socially distanced of course).

Author

Matt Neale

Matt has been working in marketing and IT for Hygienic Concepts since 2017 after studying for a degree in Business BA (Hons) at Birmingham City University. Matt has recently discovered a passion for writing and hopes to make it a weekly habit. You can read more of Matt’s work on the Hygienic Concepts blog page.