Hand Hygiene

Your hands touch hundreds of surfaces every day and therefore are highly exposed to germs and bacteria

Did You Know?

  • Up to 80% of illness-causing germs are transferred by your hands
  • Most germs on your hands are on our fingertips and under the nails
  • Hands spread 1,000 times more germs when damp than when they are dry
  • Only 20% of people dry their hands after washing them
  • There are more germs on mobile phones, keyboards / computers and on elevator buttons than on a toilet seat!
  • Almost 30% of office workers nowaday’s ‘hot desk’ (shared workstations)
  • Approximately 40% of people don’t wash their hands after sneezing, coughing or after blowing their nose
  • Reminder signs have proven to be successful in encouraging better hand hygiene
  • Hand washing rates are higher in the mornings than evenings

Why Use Waterless Hand Sanitiser?

Applying an alcohol-based hand sanitiser (with at least 60% alcohol) to the surface of your hands, is an effective and easy way to reduce the presence of harmful bacteria and germs.

The benefits of using hand sanitisers are:

    • Acts fast to kill bacteria and germs
    • Requires less time than hand washing
    • More portable and accessible than sinks and basins
    • All in one solution – wetting, drying and disinfecting all in one
    • Convenient
    • Gentler on skin and causes less skin irritation than frequent soap and water washing

How to Clean Hands Effectively With Hand Sanitiser?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a best practice guide on how to clean your hands effectively using hand sanitiser. Just follow the simple steps and remember to remove all organic matter (e.g. dirt) from your hands first.

  1. Apply a generous amount of hand sanitiser to the palm of your hand
  2. Rub your palms together
  3. Rub the back of each of your hands
  4. Rub through your fingers
  5. Clean tips and bottoms of your fingers
  6. Clean your thumbs

Keep rubbing your hands for between 20–30 seconds until the hand sanitiser is absorbed and your hands are dry