Did you know more than 80 percent of illnesses can be transmitted by the hands? Did you also know that according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hand hygiene is one of the most important steps to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others?
GOJO Industries, manufacturer of hand hygiene and skin care products, took a closer look at this past winter-germ season and found some interesting, icky, and fun facts in a survey that was commissioned with Wakefield Research. While the survey pointed out that 69 percent of working Americans don’t take sick days because they don’t want to miss a day of work, even if they are actually sick, it also showed that of those who haven’t gotten sick this season, the majority of them said hand hygiene is the reason why.
These results demonstrate the important role hand hygiene plays in preventing the spread of illness-causing germs and reducing the risk of illness—anytime of the year, not just during cold and flu season.
According to Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Disease (NFID), in addition to an annual flu vaccine, daily hand hygiene is an important step to reducing the spread of infections that can cause illness.
Ensuring the occupants in your facility practice good hand hygiene, which includes either handwashing or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, is important in keeping individuals and the workplace healthy. These practices should be used during key moments, such as before and after preparing food; before eating; before and after caring for someone that is ill; after sneezing or coughing; after using the bathroom; and after touching anything that has been touched by many people, like a grocery cart handle, a subway handrail, or an elevator button.
To help make sure practicing good hand hygiene is easy as possible this winter-germ season, consider the following recommendations for your facility:
Remember that good hand hygiene is simple, yet one of the most important steps we can take to reduce our risk of getting ill.