Hand hygiene is an easy, inexpensive and effective way to prevent the spread of germs and keep employees healthy.
Germs can spread quickly. A healthier community means healthier employees.
Hand hygiene reduces:
- The number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31%
- Diarrheal illness in people with weak immune systems by 58%
- Respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 21%
Saves time and money
Hand hygiene is the number one way to prevent getting sick and spreading germs to others.
Sick employees are less productive, even when they come to work. They may also spread germs to others at work. According to the research, encouraging hand hygiene in workplaces results in:
- Fewer employee illnesses
- Reduced sick day use
Helps families and workplaces succeed
Employees with healthy children spend less time away from work taking care of sick children, are more productive at work when not dealing with family illness, and get sick less often themselves.
Workplaces should promote employee hand hygiene and also encourage them to:
- Teach their children how to clean their hands
- Remind children to clean their hands
- Clean hands together with their children
Despite widespread knowledge of the importance of hand hygiene, there is still room for improvement. Research shows that only 31% of men and 65% of women wash their hands after using a public restroom.
- Hand washing: Reducing the risk of common infections - Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
- Best practices for hand hygiene in all health care settings - Public Health Ontario
- Protecting health care workers from infectious diseases - Public Services Health and Safety Association