Personal hygiene essentially applies to every staff member working in the hotel industry and good hygiene should be maintained by all during the hours of service. And there’s no better way to keep germs away and prevent the spread of infection than through proper hand hygiene practices. It is also the best method to stop cross contamination among the staff and guests.
In the hospitality industry housekeepers play an integral role in ensuring guests have a clean, well-maintained space during their stay. They handle small and big messes’ every day. While cleaning and sanitizing the rooms, housekeepers can come in contact with deadly germs and microbes via their hands. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 80 percent of all infections are transmitted by hands, and those infections can easily transfer and live on high-touch surfaces such as doors, drawers, telephone receivers, TV remote controls, light switches, toilet handles, and in-room directories. The infections that the microbes can transmit include - mononucleosis, herpes, E. coli, salmonella, hepatitis A, influenza, and even staph infections.
Hand borne infections not just affect the people but also the hotel business. Absence of staff members due to sickness can result in huge revenue loss. Moreover, there is a very high possibility of cross-contamination to occur from staff members to visitors and guests. And since hotels are a place for relaxation and people don’t expect to fall sick, hence it can really affect the hotel’s brand image and give rise to negative reviews.
The food department is a vital part of the hospitality industry. The kitchen staff of the hotel who handles raw food materials on a daily basis should maintain the highest hygiene standards for the customers. Keeping hands sanitized at all times in the food processing section of the hotels is crucial to prevent food contamination and the spread of diseases
That is why it is very important for food handlers in hotels to wash their hands before working, after lunch, after a toilet break or any time that their hands touch food or cigarettes. In short, all workers must sanitize their hands thoroughly before revisiting their workstation in the kitchen.
In order to ensure that all the staff members of the hotel industry follow the right protocol and compliance in hand Hygiene, hoteliers should build a proper place and process of handwashing around the facilities to ensure that all staff, visitors and guests wash their hands properly with good quality soap and warm water in order to prevent spreading germs and contamination.
If you are unsure on how to set up the process of hand hygiene compliance then we can help you take the first steps. We have partnered with GOJO to provide you with a comprehensive hand hygiene program to create an environment of hygiene, safety, and warmth for your hotel staff and guests.
According to a survey, 70% of hotel guests say that cleanliness is the most influential factor when recommending a hotel to others. And with GOJO and Purell hand hygiene products you can make them feel better about your hotel's cleanliness.
GOJO hand hygiene solutions for hospitality Industry
GOJO and Purell green certified hand sanitizing products have been scientifically formulated to kill 99.99% of harmful bacteria on your hands in a gentle and mild manner. To create a culture of compliance for your employees and guests, install GOJO hand soap dispensers in all areas such as workstations, staff washrooms, guest washrooms, etc to make it convenient for people to take care of their hand hygiene. To encourage the use of hand sanitizers by employees and guests, place Purell advanced hand sanitizer dispensers at the front desk, restaurant areas, back offices, guest rooms, public restrooms, and elevators.
Cross-contamination is a huge problem in the hospitality industry and this daily practice can prove to be disastrous for the hoteliers. By implementing the GOJO hand hygiene program in your hotel facilities you are not only protecting the health of your staff and guests but also creating a good brand image for your business.