I was interested to come across this 'study' into the business impact of poor hygiene by an Australian company that naturally specialises in providing commercial hygiene services:
Initial Hygiene Great Australian Washroom Study - Facility Management Magazine:
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The company did provide the sources for their study and a few of these make for interesting reading:
Nothing really new here, but did you know "Britain is ranked second in the world in terms of a risk of avian / swine flu spreading"? Thankfully the additional international traffic for the 2012 Olympics didn't cause a UK swine flu epidemic, but it does highlight the risk associated with being an international air transport hub.
Other interesting snippets:
- 35% of touch points in a hotel room become contaminated if the person staying in the room has rhinovirus (cause 50% of common colds)
- Male office workers typically have more bacteria on or around their workspace than females
What really struck me when I read this article was that the focus was on improved cleaning services - education doesn't get a mention!
If only everyone washed their hands after going to the toilet!!
Picture: 3 out of 3 pelicans recognise the importance of personal grooming. These birds put us humans to shame!