Hand hygiene guidance for employers

It may seem like common knowledge to maintain clean hands throughout the day because we’ve always done it.

Maintaining this basic health and safety requirement has never been so important for employers and employees. Following the lockdown, it’s now a legal requirement to promote hand washing guidance in your workplace through posters, signs, and training for employees.

Along with this guidance, employers are also legally required to provide handwashing facilities or hand sanitisers at entry and exit points to prevent the spread of infection. Although it’s a simple, day-to-day task, showcasing handwashing and hand hygiene guidance across your workplace is essential. If you’ve got any concerns or queries on how to make sure your workplace is COVID-secure in all health & safety aspects, you can download our FREE guide here.

How to promote infection control

Hand washing may sound like such a simple task, but you’d be surprised at how many individuals don’t take the correct steps because they don’t have the necessary guidance. A simple step-by-step on hand hygiene can make a huge difference. It should include how to wet your hands with soap and water, how to rub your hands effectively under running water and how to turn off the tap safely.

We know that providing the right training on maintain clean hands for your employees can be another big task to the list. Our Health & Safety experts have created this exclusive hand hygiene video, which takes you through all the reasons proper hand-washing technique is so important and gives you a step-by-step technique for best-practice hand hygiene.

Some industries will require employees to wash their hands more regularly than others such as those working in healthcare, personal services, handling food etc. In a fast-pace environment, washing hands constantly can be inconvenient so you should introduce hand sanitiser wherever possible.

Guidance on using hand sanitiser

This is a quick and alternative way to clean hands that aren’t visibly contaminated with dirt

How to use:

  • Hands should be free of visible dirt
  • Enough hand sanitiser should be used to completely cover all the surfaces of each hand
  • The hands should be rubbed together until the solution has evaporated

When it’s important to wash your hands

Our hands, and the surfaces, food, and equipment we touch can carry bacteria, viruses and fungi that are potentially infectious and harmful to ourselves and those around us.

How you can pick up harmful bacteria

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These are challenging times, especially for employees, business owners and employers. Our team of HR and Employment Law experts provide you with the latest government news to help you work through this difficult period.

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