Personal hygiene is always important, but the seasonal change into winter can make us more aware of how our own habits contribute to our health and to the health of people around us.
If we all did our bit and washed our hands properly we could reduce respiratory infections by 16%. Statistics also prove that washing hands with soap and water could reduce diarrheal disease-associated deaths by up to 50%. Imagine how this translates to the health and wellbeing of your workplace.
95% of people who don’t wash their hands correctly after using the bathroom, transmit the germs around the office. These move from door handles, to phones, to pens and even your food, due to 86% of Australian office workers who eat at their desk.
Let’s also consider the following facts:
1. Jet Air Dryers can blow bacteria and contaminants as far as 2 metres.
2. Bacteria can linger in the air for up to 15 minutes.
3. Jet Air Dryers can contain 48 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.
But the news isn’t too grim. If we choose to dry our hands with paper towel we can reduce bacteria by up to 77%. This is due to the process of rubbing the paper towel on our hands which physically removes moisture and bacteria. In fact, the World Health Organisation recommends the use of paper towels for hand drying.
By offering your staff the option of using paper towel you are being proactive in helping to reduce the spread of bacteria and illness in your workplace. Speak to your commercial cleaner about maintaining and replenishing paper towel stock in your staff bathrooms. Ensure your contract is clear about the provision and maintenance of consumables.
For obligation free advice on your commercial cleaning phone iClean Facility Services on 1300 763 356.