Stop the Journey of Germs

Flushing a toilet gives rise to a cloud of tiny water droplets, which potentially contain micro-organisms associated with urine and faecal matter. We call this “The Sneeze Effect”.

If you go to the toilet and you don't close the lid before you flush, germs from within the toilet will spread around the cubicle when you do flush. This “toilet sneeze” allows germs to land on the toilet seat or toilet paper, and then spread to your hands and other surfaces. Combat the sneeze effect and leave bathroom germs behind by thoroughly washing and drying your hands.

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Effective hand washing is one of the simplest ways to stop infection in the office. We know from studies that around 3,000 organisms per square inch can be found on a single keyboard. Think of all the other things you touch, from phones to door handles. You likely pick up bacteria during your workday. If you then decide to have lunch at your desk without washing your hands first, you can transfer the bacteria into your mouth.

When performed correctly, hand hygiene results in a reduction of microorganisms on our hands. When we reduce the risk of transferring infectious organisms, we prevent cross-contamination among surface areas, which in turn prevents illness from spreading. Effective hand hygiene is the single most important strategy in preventing infections. 47% of illness can be reduced by people simply washing their hands effectively. Just 20 seconds of hand washing can stop the journey of the germ!

Careful hand washing is the first defence against germs. However, damp hands spread 1,000 times more bacteria than dry hands. It is of prime importance to completely dry your hands after you wash them. There are few things to keep in mind:

  • Even if a hand towel is not visibly dirty, it does not mean it is clean.
  • One-time use towels have been shown to be more hygienic.
  • Hand dryers are a proven economical way of drying hands, as long as they are powerful.

Our modern lives can be busy and crowded. We come into contact with germs at work, in shopping centres, at schools, and on trains and busses. We are constantly exposed to germs carried and potentially transmitted by other people. Hand hygiene is more important than ever.

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