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Updated: Feb 26

A photo of handwashing.

WORKPLACE is encouraging clients to ‘clean up their act’ as part of Global Handwashing Day on the 15th October.

Workplaces should encourage their staff, whatever their profession, to keep their hands clean, especially after using the toilet and before consuming food. Just a few simple steps such as having soap in staff washrooms and hand sanitiser available can make a big difference to staff sickness rates. Having a business with healthy staff is key in the ever-changing economic environment.

According to the Global Handwashing Day website although people around the world wash their hands with water, many do not wash their hands with soap at critical moments, including after going to the toilet and before handling or eating food. The challenge is to transform hand-washing with soap from an abstract good idea into an automatic behaviour carried out in homes, schools, workplaces and communities.

Global Handwashing Day aim is to encourage millions of people to wash their hands with soap. This simple activity could save more lives than any vaccine or medical intervention, preventing the spread of infection and keeping children in school and employees in their place of work.

Global Handwashing Day aims to motivate people to embrace and share proper hand-washing practices learned at the workplace back into their homes and communities.

How will your place of work be celebrating Global Handwashing Day this year?

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