Hand hygiene is crucial in the workplace. Illness-causing germs can spread quickly, and keeping your hands clean is the best way to prevent your coworkers and yourself from getting sick. Here are three simple steps you can take to make sure proper hand hygiene is available to your employees, customers, and visitors.
Make sure all your restrooms have good, working soap dispensers
The free standing pump bottles of soap from the department store are fine for home use, but a business setting requires a better system. You need large capacity wall mounted soap dispensers, and you need to keep them filled. Make sure you have a way to quickly repair or replace a dispenser if it starts leaking or malfunctioning. Paying for soap service can relieve you of headaches like this; the service provider is responsible for maintenance.
Make hand sanitizer available to everyone
Alcohol based hand sanitizer isn’t terribly expensive. Keep plenty of it around, in various forms — wall-mounted dispensers, pump bottles, and giveaway-sized bottles. The small bottles of sanitizer even make great promotional items; have them branded with your logo, and they not only help prevent illness, they become advertising. However you choose to make hand sanitizer available to employees and visitors, don’t be stingy with it. Make it abundantly available to everyone. It costs little and benefits much.
Make paper towels available in the restrooms
Even if you have warm-air hand dryers in your restrooms, offer users the choice of paper towels as well. Paper towels are more effective overall, for several reasons:
- Some hand dryers can actually blow out bacteria.
- Hand dryers depend on users washing and drying their hands longer than most people do.
- The friction of paper towel use removes bacteria from the hands.
- Many users will simply not wash their hands if they have to use the hand dryer instead of paper towels.
The last thing you want to do is create an environment where a customer might get sick. If you have employees, you want to keep sick days to a minimum. Providing proper hand hygiene is an easy, relatively inexpensive way to keep your facility safe.