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Labor Day Wish List: Upgrades to Workplace Restrooms

Print Article Contributed by BSM Staff

MENOMONEE FALLS, WI -- This Labor Day, workers are making a simple request of their employers: please stock workplace restrooms with air freshener, touchless fixtures and hand sanitizer.

According to the latest study by Bradley Corporation, it stands to reason, since 42 percent say they’ve had unpleasant experiences in their workplace restroom. What have they encountered? Workers most often cite clogged and unflushed toilets, unpleasant smells, paper towels on the floor and restrooms that are old, dirty and unkempt.

The findings are based on an annual survey by Bradley Corporation, a manufacturer of commercial washroom, emergency safety and industrial solutions. The company has conducted its Healthy Hand Washing Survey since 2009.

The survey also found that, unfortunately, many workers aren’t diligent about washing their hands after  using the restroom. More than half (56 percent) report they frequently or occasionally see colleagues depart without sudzing up, with 63 percent of men frequently or occasionally observe non-washing behavior compared to 49 percent of women.

One thing men and women agree on is avoiding a sick colleague’s germs. Overall, 81 percent say they take conscious steps to evade a coworker who’s ill. To mitigate their exposure, they steer clear of the sick individual, wash their hands more frequently and refrain from shaking that person’s hand. 

As the cold and flu season approaches, hand washing continues to be Americans’ first defense against illness. Sixty-one percent say they wash their hands more frequently to remove germs they may have come in contact with or to avoid passing them along to others. Fifty-six percent stay home when they are sick, and 50 percent sneeze into the crook of their elbow.

Survey respondents also identified germy encounters that they feel necessitate hand washing. It’s a must after coughing, handling a sick child and sneezing.

“For employees – and the general public – the condition of restrooms is a litmus test for businesses and establishments,” says Jon Dommisse, director of global marketing and strategic development at Bradley Corp. “Over the years, our survey has consistently shown that the vast majority of Americans believe the condition of workplace restrooms is one indicator of how a company values its workforce. What’s more, 84 percent expect a business that provides high quality products or services to also have restrooms that provide a high quality experience.”

Bradley’s annual hand washing survey queried 1,035 American adults online Jan. 2-5, 2018, about their hand washing habits in public restrooms and the workplace as well as their concerns about germs, colds and the flu. Participants were from around the country, were 18 years and older, and were fairly evenly split between men and women (49 and 51 percent). 

For over 95 years, Bradley has created the most complete and advanced commercial washrooms and comprehensive solutions that make industrial environments safe. For more information, go to www.bradleycorp.com.

 

 

 

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