Hand washing has always been an effective defence against bacteria and viruses.
As businesses work through the coronavirus pandemic, hand hygiene in the workplace is more critical than ever.
The UK government is now planning a gradual return to work in England, with the rest of the UK likely to do the same at some point. So businesses need to consider how they can factor effective hand hygiene into the daily working lives of their employees.
An increased focus on the health and wellbeing of employees will be vital as restrictions are relaxed. We look at how organisations can ensure that hand washing is an every-day part of working life.
Washing your hands properly can protect you from introducing the virus to your system by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your face.
A 2016 workplace survey in America found that employees who were trained in handwashing used 20% fewer sick days.
Current guidelines recommend scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
The common way to time yourself has been to sing the entire “Happy Birthday“ song twice.
We’ve put together our own video guide on how to wash your hands that you can watch below.
Fusion Occupational Health - How To Wash Your Hands from Clare on Vimeo.
To protect yourself and others during the coronavirus pandemic, you should wash your hands:
You should also wash your hands in the following situations:
It’s also a good idea to wash your hands and change your clothes when you come home from work.
If you’re following the rights steps (as shown in our video), you shouldn’t need to wash your hands for any more than 20 seconds.
There are a few simple things that you can do to encourage people to get in the habit of washing their hands regularly and thoroughly.
Posters near sinks and basins are a great way to remind people of the basics.
As well as encouraging them to wash and dry their hands correctly, you can also advise them to leave their smartphones behind when visiting the bathroom.
After all, as soon as they pick up their phone after washing their hands, they’re undoing all of that good work.
By employing some simple workplace occupational health initiatives, you can ensure that staff are practising good hand hygiene.
If you’d like to find out more, contact the team at Fusion today.
Posted by Louise Grieb on
18 May 2020 at 9:30 AM
CoronavirusHealth & WellbeingOccupational Health