Over the years we’ve seen and heard our fair share of hygiene horror stories. We’ve also encountered some bad habits that crop up time and time again. Take a read through the worst offenders and find out how you can avoid your own hygiene nightmare.
This is one of the leading culprits when it comes to bacteria spreading in the workplace. Washing our hands before leaving a washroom is one of the easiest and best-known ways to keep ourselves and our workplaces healthy and hygienic. Despite that a UK study highlighted that of 250,000 people surveyed, only 32% of men and 64% of women used soap when washing their hands. Our automatic soap dispensers help encourage washrooms users to thoroughly clean their hands and use the latest anti-bacterial technology to minimise the risk of bacteria spreading.
Our second hygiene horror habit is another one we are all likely to have been guilty of at least once (if we’re being honest!). Even if you’re not, you’ll almost certainly have seen someone picking food up and eating it after dropping it on the floor, regardless of how clean or dirty the floor appears to be. It’s often referred to as the ‘5 second rule’ which implies it’s perfectly safe to do providing the food hasn’t been on the floor longer than 5 seconds. The reality is that as soon as a piece of food hits the floor, as much as 99% of bacteria is transferred to it – not something you want in your mouth.
Summer is well and truly behind us and the colder Autumn weather is starting to close in. With the sometimes-unpleasant weather comes the equally unpleasant common cold. As we go about our daily business and spend time in the office and public spaces we will inevitably encounter people coughing, spluttering and sneezing – quite often without covering their mouths. So just how far exactly does a sneeze travel? Probably further than you think! A sneeze can travel as fast as 100 miles an hour, spreading germs up to 2 or 3 metres away.
If you’re wondering whether your office desk really deserves a place on our list of hygiene horrors, some recent into hygiene in the workplace might make you think again. One study carried out by a US university into office hygiene found more than 500 types of bacteria existing in an office environment. A UK study backed this up with their own findings which revealed that keyboards can carry significantly more bacteria than a toilet seat. TWC Group’s state-of-the-art Airsteril system provides effective chemical free infection control in the workplace minimising the spread of harmful bacteria.
Speak to a member of the TWC Group team today to find out more about how we can help make your workplace a healthy and hygienic environment.