Do you swear by the ‘Office Bathroom Drill’? Wash hands. Dry hands. Use paper towel to open door. Manoeuvre elbow, leg or hip to move door. Then return to your desk, skin untouched by germs. Hopefully.
Many people admit, that the lengths they go to try and avoid washroom germs can be a little extreme! Let me ask you a question…How do you flush the loo when out and about? Odd as the question may seem, allegedly two thirds of people flush the toilet with their feet. Yes, you did read that right. With their feet! The other third use toilet tissue, skip the flush altogether or gingerly flush with elbow or finger tips.
The ‘only live once, care free, dare devil’ washroom users that do decide to flush the toilet ‘normally’, may as well have cartwheeled down London’s super sewer. The germs skulking around down there are not the sort you want to meet in the dark, or any time for that matter.
The toilet and toilet flush are always accused of being the bad boys in the bathroom hygiene scene. But what if we were the bad boys (and girls) and didn’t wash our hands properly. Touching the flusher is one issue, washing your hands is another. Maybe you are one of those people that don’t use your feet to flush the toilet, instead use that thing called a hand, to grab the handle and flush. Well, congratulations for using it in the correct way- but you now have your very own germ factory right there on your hands. The warmth and natural moisture of your mitts, is the perfect environment for mass production.
Wash your hands! Squirt of soap. Feebly rub hands together. Quick rinse under a trickle of water. Run them under a hand dryer and good to go! Simples.
Hang on, hang on. These are germs we’re talking about. Big, nasty, bad germs that can have you tucked up in bed before you can say “Woosh Washrooms”.
Washing hands properly is super-duper important. You should be washing your hands for about 15 seconds minimum or the time it takes you to sing happy birthday twice (in your head, please)! This should include between your fingers, your nails, the backs of your hands and thumbs! You’d be surprised how many of these places are missed when washing hands.
Just ponder long enough to consider everyone you interact with. Do they wash their hands? Don’t they wash their hands? You can just imaging the germ ‘rave’ going on in the average UK office. Humans are perfect germ transportation machines.
£18 billion. YES! £18 Billion was the UK expenditure on sick days in 2013! That’s a heck of a lot of wonga just because people are ‘too busy’ to spend 15 seconds on washing their hands. But seriously, 15 seconds, to help save £18 billion. Doesn’t seem a bad little deal. And even if moneys not your thing then who wants to be sick for days or even weeks a year?
Maybe you think this germ thing is being over egged a bit, but listen to this - 80% of all common infections (yes this includes the dreaded cold/flu) can be spread by hands. Germy hands.
If you can eliminate the spread of germs by hands, you can minimise sick days. Any loyal self-respecting employee, health and safety diligent facilities manager or cost conscious boss would want that.
It’s this time of year when the common cold and flu is at its best. Causing havoc with your sinuses, ruining your throat and making everyone head pound and ache with fever. Picture this - you sneeze, reach for a tissue, and dab your dripping nose. You screw the tissue up (rubbing snot and saliva all over your hands, by the way). You then dispose of it in your bin (not a mini tissue mountain on the corner of the desk, we hope) and crack on with your work. You then touch your mouse, keyboard, phone and the pile of paperwork for your manager and also hand back a colleague’s pen that you pinched by mistake earlier. You have just started a chain of contamination. Well done! Germs from your hands are rocking and rolling all over the office.
That is why hand sanitiser is an office must have. To find out the multiple benefits of this wonder product you can read our hand sanitiser facts article.
Sanitising, or Wooshing your hands as we like to call it, can nail those germs you may have missed in your 15 second/two-rounds-of-happy-birthday hand washing as well as any nasties you may have picked up on your way back to your desk. We recommend using enough to keep your hands wet for 15 seconds before they start to dry. Combine a thorough hand wash with a good Wooshing of hand sanitiser afterwards and you’ll take squeaky clean to a whole new level.
With bacteria and germs lurking at every corner we would like to recommend a desktop Wooshing kit. A super sanitising set which gives you a mini hand sanitiser, a desktop sanitiser and your very own e-cloth. This kit is capable of blasting germs off both your hands and your desk/mouse/keyboard, meaning you can be germ free.
If you’re serious about your office being germ free and want to avoid people calling in sick, call a Wooshologist on 0800 206 2110.