Soap Dispensers – Effective Hand Washing Takes Time

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Soap Dispensers – Effective Hand Washing Takes Time

18 February 2011

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Wash your hands. If there’s one mantra that is vital for efficient, hygienic washroom use it’s the importance of getting people to wash their hands after going to the toilet. If people don’t wash their hands, they can spread germs onto surfaces that others touch – think washroom door handles, for example.

In 2005, the American Society for Microbiology did a survey on hand-washing. They discovered that while 91 per cent of adults say they always wash their hands after using public washrooms, only 83 per cent were seen doing so. Which also leaves nine per cent who don’t even bother to pretend.

As well, 68 per cent of people in the survey don’t wash their hands after coughing and sneezing. And only 42 per cent washed their hands after patting their dog or cat.

Good hand-washing helps prevent the spread of everything from the common cold to illnesses such as meningitis, flue, hepatitis A and most types of diarrhea. Did you know, though, that effective hand-washing takes at least 15 seconds (about the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday) and is not just a matter of running your hands under cold water.

Some tips:

  •  Use warm water.
  •  Make sure you use soap.
  •  Rub hands together vigorously and lather up all surfaces – think of how you’ve seen doctors scrub up on television. Wash the front and back of your hands, between your fingers, around your nails and up to your wrists.
  •  Rinse well under running water and either pat dry with a clean handtowel, or use a hand dryer until your hands are actually dry.

Employers and business owners can help (and comply with regulations for hand-cleaning facilities) by providing a convenient, simple-to-use soap. Sanokil Soap Dispensers are wall-mounted units that offer a no-mess approach for your amenities. The attractive, non-clog units are sleek and stylish, as well as being durable and hygienic.

Sanokil Soap Dispensers contain high-quality soaps and are regularly serviced. The large push-bar operation makes them simple and comfortable to use, encouraging hand washing.