Coronavirus has undoubtedly changed the public perception and knowledge of poor hygiene. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of maintaining good hygiene standards in public places. 

In Initial’s ‘The Global Hygiene Reset’ report, 84% of respondents said that they feel it’s important that employers prioritise creating safe and hygienic environments for their employees. 

Hand wiping surface

Humans typically touch hundreds of surfaces a day, whether that is when we open a door, check our phones or simply make our dinner, which brings into question how clean these surfaces actually are. 

According to the Society for General Microbiology, some bacteria divide every 20 minutes when left in the right setting. A study carried out in 2016 found over 340 different types of bacteria on thirty different surfaces in a family home alone. 

While not all forms of bacteria are potentially harmful to the human body, some of those that can make us sick and are found in homes and public spaces, include:

  • Staphylococcus aureus, or staph
  • Salmonella
  • Escherichia coli, or E.coli

Read more about infections that can be spread by not washing your hands regularly.

Hand washing
Regular handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds can help prevent the spreading of germs.

How can you help prevent the spread of germs?

  • Wash your hands regularly – especially after using the washroom, after coughing or sneezing, before and after eating or preparing food and after using public transport  – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or as long as it takes to sing the song “happy birthday” twice.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, ensure that you sanitise your hands with an alcohol-based sanitiser. 
  • Disinfectant wipes are very handy to keep around, especially when visiting public spaces or touching surfaces that are regularly touched by others such as restaurant menus, bank ATMs, supermarket trolleys and so on. 

How technology is reducing the need to touch surfaces

More businesses and consumers are starting to use contactless technology – especially in light of the pandemic which has brought health and safety and hygiene front of mind – No Touch technology can provide an effective solution for helping to reduce cross contamination opportunities.

Hygiene Door Handles
Hygienic door handles release alcohol gel between uses, keeping the user’s hands clean.

Solutions from Initial Medical’s experts 

Implementing these No Touch solutions can help to reduce the number of hotspots in the workplace. Here are three solutions you can implement in your business to help ensure a safer environment:

Hygienic Door Handles and Pads: Initial Medical’s Hygienic door handles are available as push pad and pull handles, and they release alcohol gel between uses, helping to keep the door handle and the user’s hands clean. These handles can be easily fitted to any door and assist with the maintenance of good hand and surface hygiene in your premises.

Surface Sanitisers and Surface Disinfectants: Pathogens can multiply on any available surface, making surface hygiene a crucial issue for any business. By using Initial Medical’s professional range of surface sanitisers and surface disinfectants, you can help to keep the communal touchpoints of your site clean.

Hand Soap Dispensers:  Reliably dispensing hand soap is a crucial step in safeguarding your site’s hygiene standards. All of their wall-mounted soap dispensers will help to achieve this. Whether you opt for a fully serviced or self-service hand hygiene option, all of Initial Medical’s soap dispensers are lockable and vandal resistant, including the supremely hygienic No Touch automatic range.

By implementing expert hygiene solutions, businesses are clearly about to demonstrate that they care about their working environment and the people that visit their spaces.

If you would like to find out more about the solutions available in helping to create a hygienic environment, contact Initial Medical

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