Hygiene facts

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Hygiene facts

Without hygiene services, the spread of illness and disease would be far greater. As the expert hygiene partner to your customers, you are vital in helping them to understand the benefits of good hygiene standards.

We understand the hygiene risks and challenges in different industries and sectors, putting us in the perfect position to work with our customers to find the very best hygiene and hand care solutions.

Source and references

  • 1 - There can be as many as 1000 resident bacteria per cm2 on your hands

    Joanne Langley, MD MSc FRCPC. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2094883/

  • 2 - By encouraging hand washing, illness can be reduced by 30 - 50%

    Professor P. Gerber, University of Arizona

  • 3 - Under optimal conditions, bacteria can grow extremely rapidly and can double every 20 mins


  • 4 - Damp hands spread 1000 times more bacteria than dry hands

    Patrick, D.R., Findon, G. & Miller, T.E. (1997). Residual moistuer determines the level of touch-contact associated bacterial transfer following hand washing. Epidemiology & Infection, 119, (3), 319-325.

  • 5 - Bacteria grows best at a temperature of 37C


  • 6 - Contaminated hands transfer viruses to more than five surfaces or 14 other objects

    Barker J, Vipond IB, Bloomfield SF: Effects of cleaning and disinfection in reducing the spread of norovirus contamination via environmental surfaces. Journal of Hospital Infection 2004, 58:42-44.

  • 7 - The typical office worker's hands come into contact with 10 million bacteria per day

    Charles Gerber, Germs in the Workplace Study, University of Arizona, 2004

  • 8 - Bacteria can stay alive on hands for up to 3 hours

    Northamptonshire Healthcare