The Bradley Corporation’s latest Healthy Hand Washing Survey which polled 1,035 adults across the US found that more than 50% of workers say they’ve seen a colleague leave a workplace washroom without washing his or her hands, according to a new study.
And 42% of respondents said they had experienced issues such as unpleasant smells, dirty facilities, scattered paper towels or clogged toilets at the washrooms at work . A total of 56% of respondents said they frequently or occasionally saw a co-worker leaving the toilet without washing their hands, with the issue appearing to be more widespread among men than women. Around 63% of men claimed to have witnessed colleagues leaving the gents’ without washing their hands compared with 49% of women seeing female co-workers doing the same.
“Hand washing with warm water and soap is a simple and effective way of reducing the risk of contracting viral infections like the flu or the common cold,” says medical microbiologist from Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia Michael McCann. When asked about their hand washing habits in public washrooms, just two-thirds of respondents said they always wash their hands while 38% said they frequently see others leaving without washing. – European Cleaning Journal