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Global Handwashing Day 2021: Hand Hygiene for All

15 October is Global Handwashing Day, an annual opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of proper handwashing habits to help prevent the spread of infection and reduce sickness.

Hands are a natural breeding ground for germs, in fact they are one of the principal carriers of disease-causing germs. Nearly 80% of infections are spread by hands, so encouraging good hand hygiene behaviours is an effective way to stop germs spreading. The global COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder that the most effective solution against the spread of disease is through maintaining proper hand hygiene, in fact, a recent study also found that regular handwashing with soap can reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 infection by 36%.

Our theme for this year’s Global Handwashing Day is therefore, “Hand hygiene for all”.

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Hand hygiene in schools

The simple act of washing hands can reduce the risk of getting a stomach bug by as much as 47%. As role models, teachers and adults can help form children’s identity with hygiene from a very young age, with the potential to build a positive foundation and instil good hygiene habits that will last a lifetime.

Download our School Hand Hygiene Kit to help spread the word on why hand hygiene matters. Included in this pack are hand washing tips and fun ideas on how to engage kids in learning about this important topic. You may also be interested in reading more about school hygiene in these blog articles:

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Hand hygiene in the office

Not only does poor hand hygiene effect our health and wellbeing, it also increases the rate of absenteeism for businesses. 

Absenteeism costs the South African economy R12 - R16 billion per year. Help your staff up their hand hygiene games by placing these posters around 'high risk' zones across the office, as a reminder about cross contamination - and help curb absenteeism. You may also be interested in reading more about office hygiene in these blog articles:

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Hand hygiene for shared bathrooms

Did you know that 60% of South Africans don’t wash their hands after they use the bathroom? And proper hand hygiene can be directly linked to the spread of illness, which in turn increases the rate of absenteeism for businesses.

Download these Loo Law Posters to help remind everyone of the importance in washing their hands, and in keeping good bathroom etiquette. 

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The Journey of the Germ

The Journey of the Germ below is a great video to illustrate how quickly germs can spread in your environment through cross-contamination.

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Hand Hygiene for All: Download the Ultimate Guide

Need help with your hand hygiene strategy? Make sure to download our Ultimate Guide to Hand Hygiene for a comprehensive look at how to improve your personal and business approach to this crucial aspect of hygiene. We also have a team of experts at the ready. If you would like to discuss the hygiene needs of your business with us for a professional solution, contact us today.

Get Your Ultimate Hand Hygiene Guide from Initial Hygiene

Up your hand hygiene game with these essential products from Initial:

Soap and Soap Dispensers from Initial Hygiene

Soap and Soap Dispensers

Promote good hand washing practice within your business today. Our stylish and simple wall mounted Signature Soap Dispenser includes a special antibacterial surface to prevent the spread of germs, helping you to reduce employee absenteeism. With services scheduled ahead, rest assured that your staff and visitors are never out of soap when they need to stay protected and clean. Find out more about Initial Soap Dispensers.

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Hand Dryers and Paper Towel Dispensers

Stop the spread of germs with our range of high quality air hand dryers, and paper towels provided from Initial Hygiene. Our experts will help you select the right option based on the your requirements and needs. We will also maintain your hand dryer, or paper towel servicing to make sure that your bathroom is always well maintained. Find out more about our Hand Dryers, or our Paper Towel Services.

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Hand Sanitiser and SaniGreen Stands

Our dispensers include integral antibacterial technology and are perfect for when there’s no water or soap available. Combine this with our full service solution and your facility will always have high hygiene standards where you need them most. Find out more about our Hand Sanitser services and range. Or, for an elegant, no-touch hand sanitising station that not only protects people, but also incorporates the positive impact of plants, read more about our SaniGreen hand sanitiser stands from Ambius.

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Alcohol vs non-alcohol hand sanitiser - which is better?

When handwashing is not practical, or soap and water are not available, then hand sanitiser is a far safer alternative than doing nothing. But are alcohol-based sanitisers really better than non-alcohol? Read more >>

Hot or cold water - which kills more germs?

[UPDATE] Hot or cold water - which kills more germs?

Have you ever wondered whether the temperature of the water makes a difference to your handwashing routine? Find out more about the facts behind this common perception and whether it really makes a difference or not. Read more >>

Helpful Hygiene Tips How should I handle money

Helpful Hygiene Tips: How should I handle money?

Have you considered the risks in which monetary exchanges may pose in potential hand hygiene cross-contamination? In this article we give you quick tips on how you can handle money while staying hygienic and safe. Read more >>

Paper Towels vs Hand Dryers which are better

Paper Towels vs Hand Dryers: which are better?

Did you know that drying your hands effectively is just as important as washing them? Bacteria breeds faster on wet hands than on dry, so making sure that your hands are dried thoroughly is a step not to miss, but which is the best method? Read more >>