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If it’s one thing that COVID-19 has taught us, it’s that we – as a nation – need to up our hand hygiene game. 

The initial response from health and science experts across the world was unanimous; to slow the coronavirus spread, regular and thorough handwashing would be our best form of defence. The truth is, we should all have been practising good hand hygiene routines and encouraging others to do the same, long before now.

Washing your hands properly removes dirt, viruses and bacteria and stops it from spreading to other people or objects.

Infrared sensor taps at Edgbaston StadiumWashing your hands can stop the spread of illnesses such as colds, flu, food poisoning and of course, coronavirus.

Washing your hands not only protects you from getting unwell, but it protects others too. It should be routine practice in schools, hospitals, health and care settings and anywhere else where there are vulnerable groups with weaker immune systems, or where large numbers of people gather.

Washing your hands ensures your environment – whether that’s your home, place of work or where you go to relax – stays clean and germ free. This benefits everyone!

So how do we encourage people to wash their hands more frequently and more thoroughly? Some simple considerations can make all the difference – for example, making sure taps are easy to operate, water runs at a consistently warm temperature and soap dispensers are always well stocked.

To support good hand hygiene measures and further improve infection prevention, bathroom and washroom areas should be regularly cleaned, paying particular attention to the hotspots – door handles, toilet flushes and tap heads, where bacteria and germs are easily transferred through indirect contact.

The indirect transfer of germs or bacteria can be further reduced by using infrared taps and soap dispensers. These non-touch units use infrared sensor control technology to activate water or soap delivery when a user’s hand comes close (usually around 25cm away). This negates the need for someone to make physical contact with the tap or dispenser, so their hands are cleaned without anything unwanted being transferred to the washroom surfaces.

We are now living in a world which has been awakened to the power of good hand hygiene practices and we can’t go back. Hand washing is so simple to do, but it can make a big difference – it can even save lives.

If you are looking for more handy hints about how you can improve your hand washing facilities, please get in touch with our Specification Team for more information.