New Hand Washing Survey Reveals Some Gross Statistics

Most of us can agree that regular, thorough hand washing is an essential component to good health, but that doesn’t mean we actually practice what we preach. According to a new survey conducted by KRC Research for the global hygiene company SCA, Americans aren’t washing their hands as much as they should.

The survey interviewed 1,000 adults across the country and found the following:

  • 71% claimed to wash their hands on a regular basis
  • 58% have witnessed others leave a public restroom without hand washing
  • 35% have witnessed a co-worker leave the restroom without hand washing
  • 20% have witnessed a restaurant worker leave the restroom without hand washing

With flu season just around the corner, regular hand washing is even more important – especially for restaurant workers. So how can we encourage better hand hygiene habits?

According to the study, 61 percent of respondents were more apt to wash their hands if they considered the public restroom they were using to be clean and orderly. Simple restroom upgrades like hands-free faucets or hands-free hand soap dispensers, as well as paper towels and bulk cleaning supplies also increased their likelihood for hand washing.

Check out the infographic breakdown below.

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