Welsh Government reinforces hand washing message as workers return to the office

A washstand portable hand wash unit placed at the entrance to an office

Good hand hygiene practices are essential to help keep staff as safe as possible

Guidance from the Welsh Government in the form of five “key steps” have been set out with the function of keeping employees safe in the workplace – and to help businesses to comply with their legal obligations, according to a recent report on the News from Wales website.

These five steps are, writes Lisa Baker,

  1. Firstly, a Coronavirus workplace risk assessment must be carried out.
  2. Support to home working staff must be provided
  3. To help ensure that, wherever possible a full two metre distance can be maintained in the workplace
  4. To further reduce coronavirus risks with the implementation of further measures, examples of which include vigorous cleaning and hand hygiene practices
  5. And to introduce Test, Trace, Protect for personnel.

Effective hand hygiene measures

The old days of the “splash and dash” hand wash have gone.

“…washing hands well for 20 seconds with soap and drying thoroughly… after close contact”

along with the introduction of physical barriers, minimising loud noises and “limiting face-to-face interaction” are listed as “reasonable measures to minimise exposure to Covid-19”.

The article also refers to Business Wales’ Keep Wales safe at Work guidance, which includes “the published and agreed legal guidance for operating your business in Wales.”

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The image (above) shows a Teal Washstand portable handwash unit placed at the entrance to an office. It need no main electricity or water supply.

Portable handwash units – making the workplace safer

Teal portable hand wash units are available to hire or buy.

Teal produces an incredible range of mobile sinks and portable basins for every type of hand washing situation for use by anyone who needs to wash their hands effectively, whether they’re in an office environment, temporary accommodation or out in the field on a daily basis.

Optional paper towel holders and soap holders are available for units across the range.

There are vehicle mounted, wall mounted, mains powered and free standing hand wash stations as well as mobile sinks for use with pre-heated hot water.

The Teal range of mobile sinks includes the MediWashHygienius and Hygienius ProWashBigSynkSuper StalletteTEALwashHandeman XtraCompact Classic and WashStand – and now the new HandSpa.

How to choose the correct mobile sink »