Being HandSafe means providing high quality hand hygiene, tailored to your facility’s needs. Whether it’s in the washroom, warehouse or staff areas, HandSafe hand hygiene genuinely cares for your users’ health and wellbeing. But it’s not just health and safety at stake: simply box ticking when it comes to your soap and sanitiser provision carries a high cost for your business, explain Rubbermaid Commercial Products.

Loss of productivity

With COVID-19 seen as a lower risk now, businesses could be forgiven for slipping back into a pre-2020 mindset when it comes to hand hygiene. But it’s not just COVID-19 that good hand hygiene helps to protect against. 80% of germs are spread by hands1 and this includes colds, flu and stomach bugs too. A recent study published in BMJ Open shows that gastrointestinal infections reduced by more than half in England during the first six months of the pandemic2 and cited improved hand hygiene as a behaviour change that could help sustain a reduction.

With workers averaging three sick days a year, costing businesses with 100 employees around £35,100/year3, the germs spreading in your facility can have a real impact on productivity, so it’s still important to provide high quality soap and hand sanitiser throughout, encouraging use with visible, touch-free dispensers.

Topping up tots up

When it comes to choosing soap and hand sanitiser, bulk fill (top-up) dispensers are not the sensible budget choice many people believe. Larger dose sizes and less concentrated product results in more wastage and more frequent refilling, adding unnecessary cost and hassle you just don’t need. What’s more, one in four bulk fill dispensers is actually contaminated with illness-causing bacteria!4

Choose hygienically sealed refills for controlled dispensing and more applications per refill. The right amount of product for a safe clean is dispensed without the unwelcome wastage, giving you better cost in use.

Buy Better, Waste Less

It can be tempting to go with the cheapest solution when choosing soap and sanitiser dispensers but taking a closer look at the long-term implications reveals the truth. Flimsy dispensers don’t stand the test of time meaning replacements will be required or worse still, pump tops next to them!

Investing in durability is vital, both for protecting your users’ experience and to reduce your business costs in the long-term. Not only that, if you buy better, you waste less and improve your sustainability practices! Look out for dispensers that come with a lifetime warranty to put your mind at rest. 

Find out more about how you can get your business HandSafe.

  1. University of Arizona Study, Dr. C. Gerba
  2. Love NK, Elliot AJ, Chalmers RM, et al Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gastrointestinal infection trends in England, February–July 2020 BMJ Open 2022;12:e050469. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-050469
  3. gov and based on average salary taken from Olive Pometsey, GQ Magazine
  4. Journal of Environmental Health 2011


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