Something as simple as washing your hands can have a massive impact on your life. That’s why Monday, October 15, 2018, is Global Handwashing Day. Global Handwashing Day was established to draw home the importance of fighting off illness. Washing our hands is our first line of defense against many diseases. To draw attention to how important such a seemingly meaningless tasks is, we celebrate Global Handwashing Day. Let’s take a look at why washing your hands are so important and some of the best products to have on hand in your office.
How Germs Get on Hands
As human beings, we need to use the restroom to survive. However, this is where the spread of disease begins. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one gram of human feces may contain up to one trillion germs.
Among these germs lie dangerous bacteria and viruses including:
- E.Coli O157
Exposure to these germs may lead to respiratory infections such as adenovirus and hand-foot-mouth disease.
Germs don’t begin and end in the bathroom. A sneeze can project germs all the way across the room. Coughing into your hand can contaminate the keyboard, phone, and desk. We can spread germs in so many ways. That’s why it is essential to wash your hands often throughout the workday.
The Effectiveness of Handwashing
Global Handwashing Day is important because studies show that this simple task can go a long way in stopping the spread of disease.
The CDC reports that hand washing:
- Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23-40% 2, 3, 6
- Reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
- Reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21% 3, 5
- Reduces absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness in schoolchildren by 29-57% 7
By making hand washing stations readily available with products that promote this hygienic practice, you will save your company from excessive sick calls. With strict hand washing procedures, we can all help cut down the spread of disease.
Products for Global Handwashing Day
Now that you understand the importance of handwashing, it’s time to stock up the office…or perhaps ReStock It. Here’s a few Global Handwashing Day must-haves!
Paper Towel Dispensers and Refills
Can’t go around the office with your hands leaking everywhere! That’s why it is essential to get Paper Towel Dispensers and Refills for your work space. Diseases spread everywhere our hands go. Therefore, paper towel dispensers can be counterproductive for newly washed hands if a soiled hand touched the dispenser previously.
That’s why the Georgia Pacific enMotion Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser is the way to go for your office’s drying needs. If black is more of the color for your office, then opt for the Georgia Pacific enMotion Impulse 10. For some, nothing accentuates a bathroom better than the glisten of stainless steel. If you’re digging the shine, then grab a Georgia Pacific enMotion Stainless Steel Dispenser.
Dispensers don’t come with an endless supply of paper towels. Therefore, you’re going to need to get some refills. A quality paper towel compatible with these dispensers is the Georgia Pacific enMotion 84910 Touchless Roll Towels. Go green while celebrating Global Handwashing Day. Stock up on the Georgia Pacific enMotion EPA Compliant Touchless Roll Towels.
Not all dispensers in the office are automated systems. In those cases, you need to ReStock It for Global Handwashing Day with Singlefold Towels. Tork Singlefold Paper Hand Towels bring the quality and durability that everyone expects when they dry their hands. Plus, they have a ½ inch flap that makes dispensing the next towel seamless. The structure of these paper towels also cuts down on the risk of cross-contamination.
The Essity Fork Universal Singlefold Hand Towel is an excellent option for drying your hands this Global Handwashing Day. That’s because these singlefold towels are made of 100% recycled material. On top of that, 50% of the recycled material was created from post-consumer waste paper. That’s why the Essity Fork Universal Singlefold Hand Towel exceeds EPA standards!
If you are looking for a more durable singlefold towel, then try the Essity Tork Singlefold Windshield Paper Towel on for size. The Windshield Paper Towel is created extra absorbent. At the same time, the towel also withstands more punishment. This paper towel is effective for drying hands. However, it’s also useful when you have to put in the elbow grease cleaning the surfaces of contaminated common areas.
Of course, you can’t have Global Handwashing Day without soap! Frequent hand washing may be a bit too harsh for those who have sensitive skin. Therefore, a popular choice for the office is Purell Healthy Soap with Lotion. Speaking of sensitive skin, some people can’t handle the abrasiveness of fragrance in their soap. That’s why a lot of offices turn to the Purell Healthy Soap Fragrance-Free for their Global Handwashing Day needs. To really stop a disease from spreading in its tracks, you might want to get a stronger soap. For these worries, Purell has you covered with the Purell Healthy Soap Antimicrobial Foam.
While you can’t stick a sink everywhere, you can put hand sanitizer wherever you want. Hand sanitizer is an effective way to kill the spread of bacteria. However, what makes hand sanitizer such a great tool to destroy disease is how convenient it is to use. Just squeeze and rub your hands as you go!
Purell has a long line of hand sanitizers that run the spectrum of scents. They include:
- Purell Botanical Hand Sanitizer
- Purell Cucumber Hand Sanitizer
- Purell Clean and Fresh Hand Sanitizer
Whether you need soap or hand sanitizer, all your needs are covered with Purell.
Get Ready for Global Handwashing Day
Bringing awareness is the first step in stopping the unnecessary disease. On October 15, 2018, we are all going to draw attention to the importance of washing your hands. Be at the forefront of the movement. Stock up on all the supplies you need for a successful Global Handwashing Day on October 15 and every day after that.