Hand Care

Workplace Cleanliness is Important to Employees and Customers

By Business, Cleaning And Disinfecting, Hand Care, Odor Control, Work Smarter

workplace cleanliness
Making improvements in workplace cleanliness is a great way to work smarter — and create value for customers. Provide a clean environment for employees and customers. Back it up with good hygiene practices to avoid spreading germs.

Why the Cleanliness of Your Workplace Restroom Matters

“A dirty bathroom is more than a nuisance or a potential health hazard: According to a national hand-washing survey, the condition of restrooms in the workplace indicates to employees just how much their company values them.”

Proper Handwashing — and Drying — Is the No. 1 Way to Prevent Spread of Contagious Disease

“When it comes to preventing the spread of contagious disease, handwashing tops the list of effective strategies. The key is to do it, and to do it correctly, using proper products and techniques.”

Face It — Why handwashing alone is not enough

“If you could see me at work, you would see my face is resting against the palm of my left hand as I look at the computer screen; that may be the biggest mistake I have made today when it comes to preventing the spread of germs and bacteria.”

Restaurant cleanliness more important than customer service, finds report

“Food hygiene ratings have greater influence over a diner’s choice of venue than customer service, according to research by food safety management company Checkit.”

Odor Patrol: Tile and Grout Cleaning

“Grout — the substance filling the void between the tiles — is porous. The smaller the tile, the higher the grout-to-tile ration. So, while grout bonds the tiles together and prevents cracking and chipping, it also harbors soils, contaminants and urine.”

3 Ways to Make Your Workplace Safer Through Hand Hygiene

By Hand Care, Paper, Safety

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

Hand Sanitizer DisplayThe 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.

Paper Towels vs Hand Dryers

By Hand Care, Paper

In the paper towels vs hand dryers debate, paper towels win. One reason towels are more effective is that many people do not wash their hands thoroughly enough. The friction from paper towel use can remove germs that did not get washed away. Another reason is that air dryers take too long, and people leave before their hands are dry. Read the articles linked below for more.

Which Gets Hands Cleaner: Paper Towels or Air Dryers?

“Overall, paper towels seem to win. The trouble with hand dryers is that most people don’t use them long enough for their hands to get fully dry. Plus, a few studies have suggested that hand dryers — both standard and the fancy new jet dryers — may be spewing out bacteria owing to the contaminated air droplets in the restroom.”

Eww! Only 5 percent of us wash hands correctly

“It takes 15 to 20 seconds of vigorous hand washing with soap and water to effectively kill the germs, the CDC says, yet the study found that people are only washing their hands, on average, for about 6 seconds.”

Burning Question: Air Blowers or Paper Towels?

“The Mayo Clinic published a comprehensive study of every known hand-washing study done since 1970. The authors concluded that drying skin is essential to staving off bacteria, and that paper towels are superior to driers: They’re more efficient, they don’t spatter germs, they won’t dry out hands and most people prefer them.”

The paper towel-hand dryer wars are over

“I defy you to find anyone who actively enjoys hand dryers…People don’t want to use them. And it turns out that the friction paper towels offer is actually an essential ingredient in removing germs.”

The Hygienic Efficacy of Different Hand-Drying Methods: A Review of the Evidence

“From a hygiene viewpoint, paper towels are superior to electric air dryers. Drying hands thoroughly with single-use, disposable paper towels is the preferred method of hand drying in health care. The provision of paper towels should be considered as a means of improving hand hygiene adherence among health care workers.”

Work Smarter (February 24, 2015)

By Business, Hand Care, Work Smarter

All in a day's work

It is good to work smarter, but you still need to work hard. When you work smarter, your hard work is more effective. You can get things done on time. You can identify and deal with the challenges you face every day. You can keep your team together. You can keep your hands and your tools clean. And you can enjoy your work.

Why “Work Smart, Not Hard” Is The Worst Advice In The World

“Work smarter, not harder? Don’t tell it to Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, who meets some of the hardest-working people in America. In fact, he argues, that mantra is the opposite of the attitude we need to beat this lousy economy.”


“Research … published in the Journal of Consumer Research shows the key to motivating yourself to start working on a task may be picking the right due date. It turns out meeting our deadlines requires changing the way we think about time.”

The Other Superfish-Like Malware You Should Check Your PC For

“Last week, the internet erupted in anger after discovering Lenovo has been bundling Superfish, a horribly insecure piece of adware, on new machines. Superfish isn’t the only program of its type out there, though. Here are a few others you should check your PC for.”

3 Enemies Within: They’ll Destroy Your Business!

“I’ve known plenty of entrepreneurs whose businesses blew up right after they achieved the success they’d worked so hard for. If you want to avoid a blow up and stay on course for long-term success, you need to stay alert and watch out for the three enemies within…”

High-end Bathrooms Need Foam Soap

“Besides providing an upscale environment for restroom patrons, high-end foam soap also provides cost savings over time. A single application of high-quality foam hand soap provides enough lather to wash hands, thus eliminating the need to return a hand under the dispenser for more product.”
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5 Ways To Ensure Your Employees Never Quit

“It doesn’t matter how big or how small your organization is — employee retention is always a concern. To help you hold on to your top performers, here are five ways to ensure your employees never quit.”

Quote of the Day

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” — Aristotle

Wash Your Hands at Work

By Business, Hand Care, Safety

Person washing hands

No matter where you work, chances are you are surrounded by surfaces covered with germs: phones, computer keyboards and mice, copier and elevator buttons, door knobs, sink faucets, coffee pot handles, stair rails, and many more. Even a desktop can have more germs than a toilet seat.

If you touch a contaminated surface, then touch your eye, nose, or mouth, you are at risk of getting infected — we all touch our faces often, without realizing it. No wonder a virus can spread through a building in 2 – 4 hours.

The best way to keep yourself and your coworkers from getting sick is to wash your hands thoroughly and often. Make hand washing a habit, part of your routine throughout the day. According to the CDC you should wash your hands:

  • As soon as you get to work
  • Before and after eating or preparing food
  • After using the restroom
  • After handling trash
  • Between meetings
  • When using shared office equipment like copiers
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • Whenever your hands are dirty
  • After shaking hands with someone

Also from the CDC, how to wash your hands properly:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the Happy Birthday song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Finally, here are some suggestions for employers and managers to help encourage good hand hygiene at work:

  • Provide employees with wipes, disinfectants, cleaners, and hand sanitizer.
  • Post signs encouraging frequent hand washing.
  • Send an office-wide e-mail encouraging hygienic activities at work and at home.
  • Incorporate hand hygiene into existing health and safety programs.
  • Keep restrooms, kitchens, and break areas supplied with cleaning products and hand soaps.

Avoid Shopping Germs

By Cleaning And Disinfecting, Hand Care

Aire-Master Hand SanitizerAccording to, the shopping mall is a very germy place. Flu viruses, E. coli, staph, and other germs are there, waiting to get you sick. Health consulted a panel of experts to name the germiest places in the mall:

  • Restroom sinks
  • Food court tables
  • Escalator handrails
  • ATM keypads
  • Toy stores
  • Fitting rooms
  • Gadget shops
  • Makeup samples

Read the entire article for the details of how you can get infected in each of these locations — and how to protect yourself. We might also recommend taking some Hand Sanitizer with you as you shop.