National Handwashing Awareness Week
by Meritech, on November 25,2020
Following the proper handwashing steps is the best way to prevent the spread of germs, especially during cold and flu season. Unfortunately, over 95% of American’s don’t wash their hands correctly! National Handwashing Awareness week helps raise awareness of the proper handwashing steps and the benefits of practicing good hand hygiene, but what and when is it?
When is National Handwashing Awareness Week?
National Handwashing Awareness Week takes place December 1st through the 7th. This week is at the start of what is known as the peak of cold and flu season in the United States, which is between December and February. At this time of the year when the risk of cold and flu germs spreading is at its highest, hand hygiene is of utmost importance.
What is National Handwashing Awareness Week?
National Handwashing Awareness Week is all about empowering Americans to follow handwashing best practices. During this week hand hygiene educational resources are promoted by the CDC, National Public Health Information Coalition and other public health organizations.
Who is National Handwashing Awareness Week for?
While National Handwashing Awareness Week is geared toward consumers, it is important that organization’s use this week to raise awareness of the importance of handwashing among their team as well. This is especially true in several industries where handwashing is critical such as:
- Food Processing
- Healthcare & Medical
- Cleanroom & Pharma
- Food Service & Retail
- Travel & Hospitality
- Childcare & Education
- Entertainment & Recreation
- Military & Government
Resources for National Handwashing Awareness Week
December 1st through the 7th is the perfect time to teach or reinforce handwashing awareness among your team. Use this week to train and retrain employees on the proper handwashing steps or reinforce the importance of handwashing with our handwashing activity kit!
Teaching and retraining on proper handwashing steps
Training your team on the proper handwashing steps shouldn’t be just during new employee onboarding. Reinforce good hand hygiene behaviors among your team during annual or semi-annual retraining events or with visual cues like posters and guides. Use National Handwashing Awareness Week as a time to retrain employees on the proper handwashing steps to help prevent the spread of germs and reinforce these steps by displaying new handwashing posters and guides above sinks at your business.
Handwashing games and activities
Handwashing training doesn’t have to be boring! During National Handwashing Awareness Week, reinforce good hand hygiene behaviors with your team using fun activities like hygiene bingo, handwashing Mad-Libs and more:
Automated handwashing stations make hand hygiene easy
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