Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agree that promoting – and practicing – good hand hygiene is an incredibly effective way to wash away or eliminate germs that may cause illness. Providing hand soap and sanitizer is an easy way to improve hand hygiene in your facility, and PURELL® products show you’re doing everything you can to protect guests, customers, and employees.
We've compiled these best practices to help you equip your facility with a hand hygiene program that’s effective and easy to follow. You’ll find what you need to get the most from your hand hygiene program.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently recommended that facilities place hand hygiene products at all entrances and exits. Taking it one step further with a well-placed bottle, stand, or dispenser will remind everyone to practice good hand hygiene and can significantly increase the likelihood that people will sanitize their hands.
For more ways to maximize your hand hygiene program, check out our Product Placement section.
Along with proper placement of soap and sanitizer, it’s important to reinforce good hand hygiene practices throughout your facility. Sharing best practices, helpful tips on when and how often to wash and sanitize, and the proper techniques can help inspire staff and customers, and help you run a clean, high-quality facility.
The CDC recommends handwashing with soap and water when hands are visibly soiled or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
Placing soap and sanitizer in prominent locations will remind everyone to practice good hand hygiene. In addition, sharing best practices can also help inspire staff and customers to wash and sanitize at the right times.
There are some common misconceptions about hand sanitizer out there. We’re busting myths on everything from antibiotic resistance to skin damage—get the real facts on alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
TRUTH: Antibiotics operate completely differently than hand sanitizers. Typically, they’re ingested and slow the growth and reproduction of bacteria. PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer destroys the cell walls, killing bacteria quickly and evaporating before germs have a chance to develop a resistance.
TRUTH: Superbugs – or antibiotic-resistant bacteria – are created when bacteria build up a tolerance to treatments like antibiotics. The main ingredient in PURELL® hand sanitizers is ethyl alcohol, which destroys cell walls and evaporates quickly from the skin, which means bacteria don’t have the opportunity to fight back and build resistance.
TRUTH: When it comes to germs on your skin, there are two types: resident organisms and transient ones. Resident organisms live in all the layers of our skin, while transient organisms are acquired when we touch things and can cause illness if they’re ingested before they can be removed from the skin.
TRUTH: Resident organisms are part of our normal microflora, and while it’s true that hand sanitizer does kill some of them on the outer layers of our skin, they repopulate quickly – and most live throughout the layers of our skin, and many remain unharmed. The transient organisms – the ones that can make you sick – are found on the surface layer of our skin and are eliminated when you sanitize.
TRUTH: On the surface, alcohol-based hand sanitizers may all seem identical, but how they’re formulated can impact their effectiveness, harshness on skin, and overall user experience. PURELL® hand sanitizers are formulated to maximize the power of alcohol while still maintaining skin health, making sanitizing a more enjoyable experience and promoting good hand hygiene.
TRUTH: PURELL® hand sanitizers are formulated with the mildest, most effective ingredients available. So even in high-use situations, you can count on a product that not only eliminates germs that may cause illness but also helps keep your skin feeling soft.
Hand soaps and sanitizers are made to eliminate germs – but when does effectiveness outweigh skin health? For PURELL® products, it doesn’t. Our formulations are rooted in skincare science and feature mild and effective ingredients, so you don’t have to choose between effectiveness and gentleness.See Why Formulation is Essential
Get the tips & information you need to improve hand hygiene in your facility.