According to researchers at the University of Arizona, the average cell phone is dirtier than a toilet seat!

YUCK!!! 😱

Germs, viruses, and pathogens such as Streptococcus and E. coli can make us (literally) sick to our stomachs and skyrocket work place absenteeism.

Although we can’t prevent all illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), “removing germs through handwashing helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin and eye infections”.

This isn’t a new phenomenon. Hand washing can be traced at least as far back as Ancient Rome but handwashing didn’t garner too much attention until the 1980s (*gasp*), when a slew of foodborne outbreaks and healthcare-associated infections led to public concern.

From there, hand hygiene was recognised as an important way to prevent the spread of infection.

Hand Washing: How does it work?

Most of the dirt on our hands sticks to us thanks to the oils on our skin and simply rinsing our hands under running water isn’t enough to get rid of the germs.

The secret is in the soap and the mechanics of proper handwashing.

When lathered up and rubbed, soap molecules work essentially “convince” the oil (and germs) to let go of the skin and combine with the water molecules so that they can be washed down the drain.

Here are the FIVE steps to effectively washing your hands and eradicating germs:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and add soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap (be sure to include the backs of your hands, between your fingers, knuckles, and under your nails).
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds (sing the “Happy Birthday” song through twice).
  4. Thoroughly rinse your hands under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them (rubbing your hands on a towel will remove additional germs).

Making soap available to your employees, customers, and clients at pivotal times and spaces (such as in the restroom, kitchen, or common eating areas) can seriously decrease the number of germs present and increase the health of your work force.

NUWKEM has you covered. Our 500 ml or 800ml Foam Soap Dispenser is available in White, Satin, or Stainless Steel and has a Lifetime Warranty. Each low cost refill comes with its own pump so you’ll never be left with a broken or clogged pump.

Hand Sanitisers

But soap and running water isn’t always handy so it’s no surprise that alcohol-based hand sanitisers are on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines (a compilation of the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system).

The use of alcohol as an antiseptic dates back more than 650 years with evidence to support it becoming commercially available as early as the late 1800s.

Although alcohol-based hand sanitisers can reduce the number of germs on hands they don’t get rid of all types of germs in all situations.

For example, hand sanitisers may not be as effective when hands are obviously dirty or greasy and they may not remove harmful chemicals, pesticides, or heavy metals.

To get the most out of your hand santiser:

  • Apply dollop of gel to the palm of one hand;
  • Rub your hands together to distribute hand santiser;
  • Rub the gel over all surfaces of your hands, fingers, nail beds and under nails until your hands are dry (about 20 seconds).

Put the power to kill germs fast at your fingertips with our 1100ml Automatic Hand Sanitiser Dispenser (completely TOUCH-FREE to reduce the spread of germs).

Hand washing and hand sanitisers both have a role to play in the workplace but to be truly effective they need to be readily available and used properly.