This year’s Global Handwashing Day once again raises awareness of the life-saving, disease-preventing action of handwashing with soap, describing it as …’one of the most important public health interventions in the world.’
That’s why we are ‘raising a hand for hygiene’ and supporting Global handwashing Day, because clean hands affect us all, no matter where we work. We want to make handwashing the simplest thing for everyone to adopt in the workplace today and we want to encourage people to do it right – that’s why we have free resources to support your business, with our downloadable handwashing guides. These guides will help your staff adopt a handwashing routine that is completely effective against germs.
Dirty hands are powerful transmitters of numerous disease-causing infections; from the common cold to influenza (flu) and other serious respiratory illnesses. Unwashed hands quickly become contaminated with bacteria and viruses after sneezing, coughing, touching others’ hands, touching contaminated surfaces, using the toilet or changing a child (or adult) nappy. Shockingly, Global Handwashing.org estimates that 1.7 million children die from diarrhoea and pneumonia every year, two diseases transmitted by hands but can easily be prevented with effective handwashing.
The message is simple: clean hands save lives. The simple action of washing hands with soap and water stops germs from being spread; failing to wash hands has immense, repercussions for the health and safety of everyone. Even in today’s developed healthcare environment, hand hygiene remains a key area of concern due to the higher levels of contamination and transmission risk between staff and patients.
Leading the way in hand hygiene solutions
As leading hygiene providers, Cannon Hygiene has been helping deliver cleaner, safer and hygienic workplaces since 1955. We invest in the latest science and technology to deliver hygiene solutions that stand up to rigorous testing and support better staff welfare. We believe handwashing is undoubtedly the cornerstone of a healthy business and we continue to develop products that deliver 99.999% protection against the viruses and bacteria that transmit so many unpleasant infections.
So whilst we can’t make people wash their hands (that’s down to you to encourage good hand hygiene amongst your staff) we are determined to make hygiene a critical agenda for today’s organisations.