Handwashing takes longer to do properly than most people believe, and the procedure followed is often not sufficient to effectively clean hands of all germs and viruses, according to the results of an Ecolab survey.
Ecolab conducted the survey as part of activities in six European countries on Global Handwashing Day, at locations including hospitals, shopping centers, quick service restaurants, a school and the Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, Manchester's largest four-star hotel.
Ecolab was one of many organizations that worked during the international advocacy day to raise awareness about the need for proper handwashing techniques. Educational sessions were run by Ecolab on best handwashing practices in Poland, U.K., Italy, Austria, Russia and Germany. The aim was to inform the general public about the need to wash hands effectively, particularly before food preparation and eating, as well as after using the bathroom. Ecolab experts trained more than 1200 adults and children across eight locations in six countries.
The survey found that 86 percent of those who cleaned their hands did not do an effective job. All of these individuals said they planned to wash their hands differently following the training they undertook. They were also sufficiently influenced by the experience to pass on the information they learned about correct handwashing procedures, with 85 percent saying they planned to tell others about how to improve their handwashing techniques.
More information about Global Handwashing Day can be found here. The day takes place every year and is supported by UNICEF, the World Bank and several other public and private organizations who you can read about here.