Why Hand Sanitizer is Important and How You Should Use It

Everyone has had one of those days. It’s late fall, and you’re stuck at home wrapped in every blanket you own, consuming bowl after bowl of soup, and regretting each and every handshake you’ve given over the past week. Yes, you have the flu.

With cold and flu season here, it’s important to take the necessary steps to make sure you and your building are prepared – including putting in place effective touch-point cleaning, handwashing, and sanitizing procedures.

What Are the Benefits of Using Hand Sanitizer?

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers help to deter the spread of germs and illness-causing bacteria, particularly in busy environments like schools and offices:

  • Stop the Spread of Germs: According to studies, 1 in 5 people don’t regularly wash their hands. Of those who do, 70% don’t use soap. Providing hand sanitizer in key areas (including bathrooms and kitchens) makes it more likely that people will use it to kill harmful bacteria.
  • Promote Good Hygiene and Health: A healthy building is a productive one. One study in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) found that encouraging the use of hand sanitizers in schools reduced absenteeism by almost 20%!
  • Reduce Waste: As an extra precaution, many people will use paper towels to open doors when leaving bathrooms or kitchens. Placing hand sanitizers near exits makes it easy for people to defend themselves from germs without needing to create additional mess.

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