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A hands-on approach to reducing sick days

Published 9th March, 2017 by Neil Nixon

A hands-on approach to reducing sick days

Businesses could help reduce workplace absenteeism and prevent the spread of infections by promoting hand washing, says hand hygiene specialist Gojo.

Hand hygiene is vitally important. It plays a significant role in increasing well-being, and is paramount in helping to prevent the spread of germs. Research suggests that a comprehensive hand hygiene programme in the workplace can have a significant impact on the health of employees, reduce absenteeism, and improve the perception of company concern for employee well-being.

The UK Office for National Statistics estimates that more than 400 million working days were lost due to sickness absence between 2013 and 2015, including 138.7 million working days lost in 2015 alone.

Having a wide range of hand washing and sanitising solutions located throughout a facility can help boost hand hygiene in both staff and visitors. Dispensers can be wall-mounted, free-standing, push-activated, or touch-free. Soaps can come in gel or foam format, with or without fragrance, and hygienic hand rubs can also provide another level of protection in addition to hand washing.

Designed to bridge the gap between dispensers and bottles, the Purell ES Everywhere System is the smallest, most versatile Purell system in the market. It combines premium aesthetics with the trusted Purell Advanced Hygienic Hand Rub, offering innovative placement options, ideal in a variety of settings, with good germ-killing effectiveness.

Mike Sullivan, managing director of Gojo Industries Europe, said: “The winter months traditionally see an increase in highly contagious viral illnesses, which can be quite debilitating. Infections can be effectively prevented from spreading round the workplace through strong hand hygiene compliance, not only during cold and flu season but throughout the year. Gojo can also offer advice on the most effective approaches to introducing a hand hygiene programme, and provide educational materials alongside our trusted hygiene products.”

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