The need for hand sanitisers in the workplace has been highlighted after research revealed a quarter of people in the UK have faecal bacteria on their hands! The research carried out by hygiene experts from Queen Mary, University of London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found faecal bacteria on 26 per cent of hands, 14 per cent of banknotes and 10 per cent of credit cards in the UK. They also discovered that 11 per cent of hands are so contaminated they carry as many germs as a dirty toilet. According to the UN, hand washing is the most cost-effective intervention to prevent the spread of disease. Even during the London Olympics the Team GB athletes were warned not to shake hands during the games to prevent spreading germs and bugs on hands that could hinder their chances of success. Many people don’t wash their hands properly. The use of water alone isn’t adequate. Soap should always be used, the backs of the hands are as important as the fronts, and it’s vital that they are thoroughly dried. It must be remembered that germs can thrive on cloth towels.” Most workplaces recognise that poor hygiene spreads infections and increases employee absence levels and take steps to tackle the problem. This usually requires provision of high quality hand washing facilities as well as hand gels. Signs in bathrooms reminding people about the importance of washing their hands are also proven to increase hygiene.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.