Hand hygiene has been a critical component in preventing the spread of disease for almost 200 years. In 1846, Ignaz Semmelweis, a Hungarian doctor, noticed a connection between handwashing and patient health. He instituted a policy requiring his doctors to wash their hands with chlorine before seeing patients, which led to a drop in patient deaths. Although there was initially some backlash among the medical community, due in part to Florence Nightingale’s efforts, handwashing quickly became recognised as one of the easiest and least expensive ways to stop or slow the spread of disease.
However, what happens when it is impossible or impractical to wash your hands?
Hand hygiene remains essential, but we have to find other ways to implement hygiene procedures. In the 1960s, several people patented ways to deliver the disinfecting power of alcohol in a gel-base. This allowed people to disinfect their hands, even when they did not have access to soap or running water.
The most common method was a gel-based sanitiser, but hand sanitising solutions have continued to expand. You can get sanitisers with alcohol and alcohol-free, spray options, and gel. There are also a number of delivery solutions, including wall-mounted and free-standing units. At Flick, we offer traditional dispensers but also have a range of touch-free dispensers that allow you to hand sanitise while reducing the risk of cross-contamination. Which one is right for your business? That depends on your business, your customer base, and your employees. Whatever industry you are in, hand hygiene is critically important. People spread up to 200 diseases through hand contact. People touch contaminated surfaces and then touch their faces, easily spreading disease. While it may be impossible to eliminate that risk, making hand sanitisers widely available in your workplace goes a long way to reducing the risk of disease spread.
Contact Flick to find out more about our hand sanitiser solutions.
We can discuss placement, dispenser type, and the type of sanitisers you want to make available. By placing sanitisers in easy-to-use locations, you increase the likelihood of use. Placing them near high touch areas, such as by doorways or near elevators, can encourage people to use them after contact with those high-touch areas. Implementing hand sanitisers throughout your business can help kill up to 99% of the touch-transmitted germs in your workspace, keeping your clients and your employees healthier.
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