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Global Handwashing Day: Our top hand hygiene tips

Today is Global Handwashing Day, a day to encourage everyone to wash their hands at key moments throughout the day.

We need to remember that regular handwashing is still a vital part of the fight against COVID-19. It’s easy to implement and is proven to kill and reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria.

A recent survey by phs found that 1 in 5 consumers do not feel confident about the hygiene measures local business have put in place. You can help rebuild consumer confidence by implementing enhanced safety measures in your premises to create a safe and secure environment.

How to wash your hands:

Sing Happy Birthday twice
You should wash your hands for 20 seconds, which is the same length of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday. This will also help put yourself in a good mood and make time go quicker. Depending on your favourite type of music, other song options include, the chorus of Raspberry Beret by Prince, or the chorus of Love on Top by Beyoncé.

Don’t forget your thumbs
Good handwashing should ensure every part of your hands are washed and cleaned. The NHS have put together a handy picture guide and video that shows the best way to ensure you don’t miss any spots. Watch this NHS video to help visualise the process.

Use the best option
It’s important to take time to consider and implement the best handwashing option for your business, your customers, and your staff. For example, if your staff spend most of their day in a van with no access to running water, then you should supply them with liquid hand sanitiser sachets instead of bottle of hand soap that require water to use. Good hand hygiene starts with ensuring you have the right cleaning products to suit your situation.

Download our Hand washing guide here!

When to wash your hands?
To stop the spread of viruses, bacteria, germs, and dirt, we should all be encouraging and reminding each other to wash our hands at the following times:

  • Before, during, and after, eating or preparing food
  • After using the toilet, changing a nappy, or helping someone use the bathroom
  • After you’ve sneezed, coughed, or blown your nose
  • Before and after caring for someone who is unwell
  • After touching an animal or cleaning a pet cage
  • After touching rubbish, cleaning, or putting the bins out

During the Coronavirus pandemic we should also be regularly washing our hands throughout the day at key intervals, such as when entering a new building, after touching door handles, or after a face mask has been taken off.

What handwashing options are there for my business?
At phs, we have made it our business to help you adapt to the new normal. There are many ways to wash and dry your hands, and our hygiene experts can help you find the most suitable options for your businesses.

  • Hand Sanitiser and Dispensers: We offer a range germ-killing hand sanitiser products and dispensers, including our reliable automatic 2L capacity stand. For people on-the-go, our portable 1.5ml sanitisers sachets are a perfect solution.
  • Electric Hand Dryers: Hand drying is a vital part of the wash process. Our range of electric hand drying options, including the phs WHISPER XL and the AIRSTREAM PURE, provide a fast drying solution with low running costs, making them a cost-effective investment.
  • Cabinet Roller Towels: For areas with limited electric access, our cabinet roller towels provide a low maintenance All towels are 100% cotton and will be hygienically cleaned through our extensive wash process.


We all need a helping hand
We’re taking steps to keep you safe in the workplace. Our experts can talk you through the hygiene solutions available to support your business. phs can supply, install, and regularly service products, at a time of your choosing, providing a fuss-free service based around your needs. 

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