A handy way to stop the spread of infections

clean-hands-2015-blog Save Lives: Clean Your Hands – is on 5 May.

How clean are your hands? They may look clean enough, but unless you wash them regularly and thoroughly they could well be harbouring all sorts of nasty germs that you could unwittingly pass on to other people.

Lots of illnesses – salmonella, campylobacter, MRSA, flu, diarrhoea and sickness, the common cold, impetigo and many more – are spread by people who don’t follow good hand hygiene.

The World Health Organisation is so worried about it that for the last 10 years it has run an annual campaign to make people aware of the importance of hand washing. This year’s campaign – Save Lives: Clean Your Hands – is on 5 May.

Closed environments like hospitals and cruise ships have long understood the dangers of cross-infection caused by poor hand hygiene and take great care to minimise the risks. But there’s less awareness of just how susceptible office workers can be to viruses spread by using keyboards, mice and other equipment that may have been touched previously by people who hadn’t washed their hands carefully.

That’s one of the reasons that our massively popular Posturite Penguin ambidextrous vertical mouse is now antimicrobial so that restricts the growth of bacteria. So even if someone who is less than diligent with their hand washing uses the mouse, a subsequent user would be far less likely to be affected by it.

It’s also the reason why our Seal Shield Medical Grade Keyboards and Mice have been selling in ever increasing numbers. They not only feature a bacteria-resistant antimicrobial coating but are also completely dishwasher proof giving you the ability to fully sterilise your keyboards and mice whenever needed. It makes them perfect the home or workplace and invaluable in any environment where sterile conditions are of high importance.

Starting at just £23.95 +VAT for a scroll mouse and £27.00 + VAT for a medical grade keyboard, the Seal Shield range is surprisingly affordable. Go to the Posturite website at www.posturite.co.uk or contact your local account manager for further information.

For more information and resources to encourage better hand hygiene in your workplace please visit www.wash-hands.com.

To find out more about the WHO campaign to save lives, click here (www.who.int/gpsc/5may/en/) to go straight to their website.