One extensive study done on the effectiveness of a hand hygiene program found that providing a simple hand hygiene program significantly reduced the number of health care claims and increased their workplace satisfaction.
This trial took place over the span of 13.5 months and included the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations all throughout the office, and brief hand hygiene education.
This report also noted how employee satisfaction increased. The program improved self-reported hand washing, satisfaction with office cleanliness, and perception that the company cared about the health of its employees. It’s amazing the emotional response of your team when you show them you care about their individual well-being.
This is what they found:
- Health care claims reduced by 20%.
- 40% more employees reported cleaning their workspace regularly to further prevent illness.
- More likely to keep mini hand sanitizer bottles with them and use it throughout their day, beyond their workplace
- 81% of employees ranked their alcohol-based hand sanitizer as one of their top two must-haves in the workplace.
- Average employees used hand sanitizer 1-3 times per day, soap and water 2-4 times per day, and sanitizer wipes 1-1.5 times per week.
I think it’s safe to assume, that hand hygiene education is a small price to pay for the greater good. Not only does it clean your hands, it triggers awareness of the items we use on the daily and how we can maintain a healthy and clean environment to reduce health care costs and increase productivity.
When used correctly, hand sanitizer can be the one thing that keeps those sniffles away. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers have shown to reduce up to 97% of bacteria on your hands. Surely your immune system can handle that stubborn three percent.