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Hand Washing is a No-show at Some Workplaces, According to Bradley

Maybe they’re in a rush or have something else to do but, for whatever the…

  • September 16, 2018

Maybe they’re in a rush or have something else to do but, for whatever the reason, a survey reveals that 56% of workers say they frequently or occasionally see colleagues leave the restroom without washing up, according to the commercial washrooms experts at Bradley.

With this issue, gender seems to come into play since 63% of men frequently or occasionally observe non-washing behavior compared to 49% of women.

It’s not an inviting thought, especially when you consider how frequently coworkers shake hands and the multitude of public surfaces they touch throughout the day.

For those who need a reminder, good, thorough hand washing includes soap, vigorous scrubbing for at least 20 seconds, as well as running water to wash away the bacteria, germs and dirt that accumulate on hands.

The findings are based on an annual survey by Bradley, a manufacturer of commercial washroom, emergency safety and industrial solutions. The company has conducted its Healthy Hand Washing Survey since 2009.

In addition to hand washing, the survey explored workplace restrooms and what might be done to improve them. It found that air freshener is the #1 amenity workers would like to have added, followed by touchless fixtures and hand sanitizer.

Those items stand to reason since 42% say they’ve had unpleasant experiences in their workplace restroom.

What have they encountered? Workers most often cite clogged and unflushed toilets, unpleasant smells, paper towels on the floor and restrooms that are old, dirty and unkempt.

Another workplace topic is how to avoid a sick colleague’s germs. 81% say they take conscious steps to evade a coworker who’s ill. To mitigate their exposure, they steer clear of the sick individual, wash their hands more frequently and refrain from shaking that person’s hand.

As the cold and flu season approaches, hand washing continues to be Americans’ first defense against illness. 61% say they wash their hands more frequently to remove germs they may have come in contact with or to avoid passing them along to others. 56% stay home when they’re sick and 50% sneeze into the crook of their elbow.

Survey respondents also identified germy encounters that they feel necessitate hand washing. It’s a must after coughing, handling a sick child and sneezing.

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