Sunday 17 February 2019

The filthy reason why you should think twice before shaking your colleague’s hand

New research has revealed that a large proportion of office workers don’t wash their hands after using the toilet.

Research revealed that men were the worst offenders with only 38pc washing their hands after visiting the loo
Research revealed that men were the worst offenders with only 38pc washing their hands after visiting the loo

Patricia Murphy

You might want to think twice about high fiving a colleague after new research has shown that almost half of office workers don’t wash their hands after using the toilet.

Research revealed that men were the worst offenders with only 38pc washing their hands after visiting the loo. Women were more hygienic with 60pc of women washing their hands after the toilet.

The study was carried out by pest control company Rentokil Initial and secretly investigated the hand washing rituals of over 10000 office workers using sensors on toilet doors and hand-washing dispensers.

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The company then revealed the dirty results to the workers via LCD monitors and found that public shaming improved the hand washing routines by 90pc in the week afterward before plateauing at an average of 82pc.

Good hand washing routines can help reduce the absenteeism from illnesses such as cold and flu.

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"Good hand hygiene is essential in some industries, such as food processing, but it also helps stop the spread of disease in everyday life," said Rentokil’s Stewart Power.

"One day every washroom will have some sort of monitoring system to give us that nudge to wash our hands."

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