The first Global Handwashing day was held in 2008, when over 120 million children washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries. It is designed to support a culture of clean hands, raise awareness about the benefits of clean hands and shed some light on the state of handwashing around the world. This blog enforces the importance of handwashing and teaches you some facts about handwashing and hygiene that might shock you!
This year is focusing on ‘clean hands – a recipe for health’ – showcasing the important links between handwashing and food. Not only does washing your hands before eating or cooking keep food safe and clean, it creates a habit which can help prevent diseases and keep people safe.
Some facts about handwashing and hygiene that you will probably be surprised by:
80% of diseases are spread by touch, touching foods with contaminated hands can spread food borne illnesses such as Salmonella and E. Coli
Damp hands are likely to spread bacteria 1000 times more than dry hands – so dry them after you wash them!
The average kitchen chopping board has around 200% more faecal bacteria on it than a toilet seat
For every 15 seconds spent washing hands, 10 times more bacteria are removed
According to the Center for Disease Control, the two most common global causes of childhood death are diarrhoea and pneumonia. Washing hands with soap prevents the spread of most pathogens which cause these illnesses
Handbags can carry up to 10,000 bacteria per square inch and 30% of bags tested were found to have faecal bacteria on them
On average, you come into contact with 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, exposing you to 840,000 germs
At Fosters Bakery, washing your hands is so important and by having a step-by-step guide to remind people how to wash their hands properly increases hygiene levels. Also, the sanitise door handle is a step further to reduce the risk of bacteria spreading.
So when should you wash your hands?
Before, during and after preparing food
Before eating food
Before and after caring for someone who is ill
Before and after treating a wound
After using the toilet
After changing a nappy or cleaning a child who has used a toilet
After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
After touching an animal, animal feed or animal waste
After touching rubbish
It has been said that only around 5% of people wash their hands correctly, however, with campaigns such as Global Handwashing Day, it can help to raise awareness of the shocking impact of not washing your hands.
If you would like to read more about Global Handwashing Day and how to get involved then click here. Other sources which I have used included and used are: All Portable Sinks, B4 Brands, Food Safety and Initial.