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Hand Hygiene - Improving Workplace Practices

Having always been a primary method in the prevention of the spreading of germs and viruses, hand hygiene practices have been put front and centre in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Hand Hygiene

Whilst hand hygiene has always been one of the simplest and most effective methods of combating the spread of pathogens in the workplace, recent events have truly shone the spotlight on our hand hygiene practices and emphasised just how important proper hand washing, drying and sanitising can be.

Hand Washing

The most crucial aspect of effective hand hygiene is in the washing of your hands. Washing your hands sounds incredibly simple and has been something most of us do automatically with little thought as to how we are washing them, until maybe more recently when we have grown increasingly conscious of this hygiene measure.

Science has borne out that there is in fact an optimal way to wash our hands to most effectively prevent the spread of viruses and the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Start by wetting your hands and applying soap
  • Rub hands together palm to palm
  • Rub hands with fingers interlaced (palm to palm and palm to back)
  • Cusp fingers and rub side to side
  • Rub thumbs in rotational manner
  • Rub fingers into palms in rotational manner

Following these steps gives you the best chance of removing the dirt, germs, bacteria and viruses that may be present on your hands.

We offer a wide range of soap dispensers including wall mounted dispensers, stand mounted dispensers, auto dispensers and our latest branded dispenser stations to ensure you can make soap available and clearly visible at all your hand washing stations.

Hand Drying

Once hands have been washed they should be completely dried. No matter how effective your hand washing has been, there will be residual moisture left on your hands that will need removing in order to prevent any pathogens from reemerging. Existing a washroom with hands that are still wet is essentially creating a breeding ground for pathogens to reappear.

There are a number of different ways to dry your hands, from traditional paper towels through to conventional hand drying units, all the way to the very latest, state-of-the-art hand dryers with additional energy efficiency and hygiene features built in.

A recent report commissioned by Airdri Ltd revealed that hand dryers are unlikely to contribute to the spread of COVID-19. The microbiologist who undertook the research determined that in a small washroom, the operation of a single typical hand dryer would disturb no more than 3% of the air volume and therefore unlikely to spread microbes.

Modern washrooms are also increasingly equipped with some of the latest hygiene technology, such as the air purification devices available from TWC, which can make the air quality of washrooms of an even higher quality than that of the typical workspace.

Hand Sanitising

As the outbreak of coronavirus started, the demand for hand sanitiser skyrocketed with many people using it as a form of protection against the virus. Recently announced safety measures that businesses and workplaces who are reopening are required to adhere to also include the adequate provision of hand sanitiser.

Further to this, hand sanitising is a useful and effective final step in your hand hygiene practices as a way of providing extra protection against pathogens. After washing and thoroughly drying your hands, simply apply sanitiser and you are all set.

In response to the surge in demand for hand sanitiser and hand sanitiser units, TWC has launched an extended range of hand sanitiser products and services to ensure businesses can return to work in a safe and hygienic manner with minimal disruption to their working practices.

Our latest hand sanitising products include stand mounted sanitisier units, wall mounted units, branded units and the popular free standing sanitiser stations that are highly visible and can be placed at entrances, exits and other highly trafficked areas of the workplace.

Speak with the team at TWC Group today to learn more about our hand hygiene safety products and services or request a price guide. Our fully managed service will see everything taken care of for you no matter how many units you require, the industry you are in or where you are based in the Lincolnshire, Yorkshire or North East region.