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How to implement an effective hand-hygiene system in the workplace

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We all know that good hand hygiene is the starting point for any business wanting to reduce the spread of germs.

Bacteria and viruses are common in shared spaces, where surfaces and equipment are handled by lots of different individuals.

But research shows that around 65% of men, and 35% of women, don’t even wash their hands after going to the bathroom (eurgh!).

So how do we get people to engage with this serious process and recognise how important good hand hygiene really is?

Here are some quick questions to ask yourself.

Know when to do it

In light of the Covid-19 outbreak it might be time to get back to basics and point out when employees should be washing their hands. I.e.

  • After visiting the loo
  • After coming into contact with old printed materials
  • Before and after meetings
  • After using shared equipment
  • After using borrowed devices or tools

Is it slightly patronising to have to point this out? It might feel that way, but if 6.5/10 men and 3.5/10 women in your workplace are not even washing their hands after going to the bathroom then maybe not.

It might be time to think about putting some posters up and conducting staff surveys to include them in the process.

One thing is for certain, as a nation we must improve on the current statistics.

Make it easy for them

We can’t stand over our staff and make sure they follow the guidelines we produce, but we can install hand-cleaning systems that make it easy for them to do the right thing.

When we developed the One2Clean hand-cleaning system, we wanted to create a really simple way to encourage employees to follow.

We created an automatic dispenser to make it touch-free to avoid the spread of germs, but it also provides the right amount of soap, so it doesn’t run out as quickly. This was one of the big pain-points many staff cited when asked. We even created extra-large cartridges to reduce waste and maintenance.

Germs can live on surfaces, sometimes for days. Which means consistently cleaning these surfaces is vital otherwise all the good hand hygiene practices could be for nought.

Provide wipes, napkins, or paper towels for cleaning of desks. This will allow employees to keep their workspaces clean – especially important if employees ever eat at their desks.

One2Clean – The complete hand cleaning system

One 2 Clean is a hand cleaning system designed specifically for the workplace to help them become more hygienic, but also to help look after the handy health of your staff.


  • Automatic Dispenser
  • Designed with an automatic dispenser this will cut down soap wastage saving an estimated 85% on consumption.

    Optimum Hygiene
    The automatic dispensers also mean that the whole system is touch-free, meaning there’s no need to cover the soap dispenser in those germs we are trying so hard to avoid.
    Large Capacity Cartridges
    This means that the dispensers will run out less often, meaning less frequent changes, and you are less likely to have a scenario where everyone simply stops washing their hands because the soap is gone.

    Effective hand hygiene is the starting point for any business wanting to reduce sickness in the workplace. It’s vital for protecting staff, especially where there are a large number of people sharing space.


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