Sofidel Highlights Hand Hygiene Best Practices During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 20, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to impact people around the world, Sofidel, a leading global provider of paper for hygienic and domestic use, today released hand hygiene best practices for facilities to implement and promote. When combined with other strategies, like social distancing and regular cleaning and disinfecting, hand hygiene can limit the spread of pathogens and support well-being.

“While many governments have enacted shelter in place orders, essential businesses are still operating and consumers are frequenting these places for groceries, medications and more,” said Giorgia Giove, marketing manager – Away from Home, Sofidel America. “During this crisis, it’s important to revisit hand washing best practices to keep workers and building visitors hygienic and healthy.”

  1. Encourage frequent hand washing – The National Institutes of Health found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is stable for several hours on surfaces. While many facilities have increased the frequency and thoroughness of cleaning and disinfection during the pandemic, they should urge employees and visitors to wash hands regularly to remove any germs that may have transferred from surfaces.
  2. Promote proper hand washing – Very few people actually wash their hands correctly, according to research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 2018 study found that consumers fail to properly clean their hands 97% of the time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health organizations instruct people to scrub hands for at least 20 seconds. Post signage in restrooms and near sink stations that reminds people to pay special attention to often overlooked spots like the backs of hands, between fingers and underneath nails.
  3. Regularly check inventory – Numerous studies have shown that not everyone washes their hands after using the restroom. This number will drop even further if employees and customers don’t have hand washing essentials. Make sure that they always have access to soap, running water and hand drying methods. Additionally, encourage restroom guests to take only what they need. A 2018 Harris Poll found that about 1 in 4 Americans (24%) admit to taking more paper towels than needed when using paper towels to dry their hands in a public restroom. Especially during a time when product shortages are an issue, everyone can and should help conserve resources.
  4. Provide hand drying essentials – Adequately drying hands is equally essential as hand washing. According to the Mayo Clinic, wet hands spread germs more easily than dry hands. Make sure workers and customers have access to paper towels or air dryers so they can ensure complete hand hygiene.
  5. Offer ways to keep hands clean between washes – Facilities can implement additional strategies that support clean hands, including installing automated hand-sanitizer stations, providing disinfectant wipes at facility entrances and disinfecting pens to sign receipts and requiring employees to wear and replace gloves frequently. While these tactics don’t eliminate the need for hand washing with soap and water, they offer further protection against contagious germs.

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