Monitoring hand hygiene practices inside the workplace has become more and more vital in the fight against dangerous communicable diseases. Proper hand hygiene can reduce the number of infections inside the workplace, with soap dissolving many virus’ structure.
Businesses around the world understand how important it is to wash hands regularly throughout the workday. A higher level of hygiene means fewer employees sick, helping the business function as it should. However, understanding why it is important to encourage employees to wash their hands does not directly translate to monitoring hand washing. We’re here to explain the benefits of hand hygiene monitoring in businesses.
Why does your business need to monitor hand washing inside its facilities?
If an outbreak does occur, tracking hand hygiene trends can help understand who is at possible risk. Responding accordingly, either through quarantine or through medication, can assist in controlling the disease from spreading any further and endangering more employees.
Corporates are expected to take responsibility, now more than ever, on the impact they have on their customers, employees, stakeholders, and the environment. The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has shown us that it only takes one person to make a dangerous, rare illness into a global pandemic. Businesses owe it to their employees to work in a safe and hygienic work environment, their customers a clean product, and their stakeholders a working and efficient facility. Taking hand hygiene beyond each employee’s personal responsibility into the corporate’s responsibility requires changes – such as monitoring.
People are not aware enough of the importance of hand washing. Researches show a shocking amount of germs and bacteria on employees’ hands. This research, for instance, examined employees handling food. Though they attested to having good self-reported practices (scoring 53.2/60), 48% of them had salmonella on their hands, and 65% had a total aerobic count ≥20 CFU/cm2. Hand washing is important enough to make the changes required to ensure a high level of hand hygiene.
The ECO micro-station not only dispenses the correct amount of soap and water needed for a perfect wash cycle, it also has a facial recognition feature. Connecting to the local Wi-Fi network, the data is then stored in the Soapy Wisdom platform, where only managers can access it. Each business working with Soapy can decide if they want to gather group data, individual user data, or both. Group trends can alert managers to the need of refreshing the importance of hand hygiene protocols, while individual data can allow a measured output from each employee. The ECO micro-station utilizes AI technology to analyze hand movements, highlighting problem areas on the skin. This helps both employees and managers ensure clean hands, reducing the risk of infection inside work facilities. The ECO micro-station is easy to install, requiring only a water inlet and outlet, a regular electricity connection, and a local Wi-Fi network. If you want to learn more about the ECO micro-station, you can contact us here.