15 October 2019 is the day we celebrate Global Handwashing Day (GHD) worldwide together. This is an initiative started by the Global Handwashing Partnership in 2008 to help world leaders advocate the importance of proper handwashing to their respective local communities. With the first GHD held in 2008, over 120 million children in more than 70 countries have better access to hand washing facilities which allow them to wash their hands properly.
This year Global Handwashing Day’s theme is “Clean Hands for All”, making the push to leave no one behind in Sustainable Development Agenda. Besides children, handwashing practice applies to adults as well, especially in their daily routines at home to workplace. Research from WHO shows that 40% of the world's population has no access to basic handwashing facilities. Inadequacy in handwashing facilities can easily put individuals at higher risk of contracting diseases that may impact their health, education, and economic outcomes.
Handwashing is an effective way to prevent the spread of germs. But, are you washing your hands correctly? Germs could be picked up from multiple touchpoints through your hands when you travel to your workplace daily, from the first touch at your house door or public transport handles to your office entrance and washroom. Germs can stay alive on hands up to 3 hours and harmful bacteria such as Salmonella and E.Coli are more likely to spread through cross-contamination. If you do not wash your hands properly, infection continues to spread even more when food is involved, eg. before food preparation takes place, likewise before and after eating. Hence, proper hand washing behaviour is critical to ensure a healthy hygiene level in the workplace.
“Providing proper washroom facilities is important to show your employees that you care about their wellbeing. With these hygiene facilities, it helps to cultivate good hand hygiene habits by washing, drying and sanitising our hands. Let’s reduce the spread of germs and health risk by creating a hygienic working environment to motivate your employees and eventually helps to increase work productivity for better business performance in the long run,” said Ms. Carol Lam, the Managing Director of Rentokil Initial Malaysia.
Initial Hygiene Malaysia is promoting good workplace hygiene through the Hygiene Detective Campaign. Initial Mobile Hand Sanitiser and Medixair Air Steriliser for your workplace are up for grabs. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/hygienedetective2019.