Hand Hygiene: A Closer Look at How Hand Wipes Can Help

The World Health Organization reports that there are thousands of annual death around the world that occur from infections that are acquired when people are receiving healthcare.  Hands are described as the main pathway for the transmission of infections.

However, a healthcare setting is not the only setting in which people can spread germs and disease through their hands. There are many situations in which people have germs, viruses or bacteria on their hands and they then touch objects that other people come into contact with. In an office, for example, someone might come to work with a cold, a flu, or some other type of contagious illness that they could end up spreading to their co-workers.  

While most of the viruses and illnesses that are spread in the workplace are just going to end up making people sick and not be fatal, there are some exceptions to this.  For example, MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant organisms are spreading more and more frequently today thanks to overuse of antibiotics. Even a simple flu could be deadly to someone with a weakened immune system, and a worker could also take home a flu that makes elderly relatives or kids sick (people who are older or younger are more likely to die from the flu).   Outbreaks of sicknesses like Swine Flu can also come up unexpectedly and make people sick.

The risks are simply not worth taking when there is a simple solution.  World Health Organization states that the “preferred mean for routine hygienic hand antisepsis if hands are not visibility soiled.”  In other words, using hand wipes may be the preferred and recommended solution. Your office should provide these wipes and make them readily available throughout the office in order to help avoid the risk of serious illness.

Hand Wipes Are Key to Hand Hygiene

The World Health Organization has expressed a preference for hand wipes because the use of wipes can be “more effective, and better tolerated by your hands than washing with soap and water.” In other words, people who are concerned about germs and infection should strongly consider taking the advice of the WHO.

Hand wipes can not only be more effective in many ways than washing your hands, but they can also be much faster and easier to use. For example, WHO recommends that proper hand washing with soap and water could take between 40 and 60 seconds once you are at a source of water.  

The use of hand wipes can be much faster. When employees are at work, they may not feel like taking a lot of breaks to walk to a bathroom or kitchen sink and spend a full minute soaping up and washing their hands.  Provided you have made hand wipes conveniently available throughout your office area, the employee could simply grab a hand wipe and get clean.

By helping to reduce the risk of illnesses like infections caused by germs, employers benefit from the boost to employee morale and from having employees who take fewer sick days.

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