Replacing Handshakes with Fist Bumps Reduces Risk of Illness

by Lawton Brothers | Sep 15, 2014
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As your resource for facility cleaning solutions in Central Florida we take pride in helping facilities enhance their cleaning process and in turn improving the health of their employees and customers. At Lawton Brothers we know that reducing the spread of germs is a constant battle for facility managers and their cleaning crew. That’s why we feel the need to share these germ-reducing tips from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. 

Recently a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control revealed the results of an experiment in which researchers took a glove covered in germs and shared several different types of contact greetings with a clean glove-wearing recipient. The actions included high-fives, handshakes, and fist bumps.
The study revealed that fist bumping is the least germ spreading gesture compared to handshaking or high-fiving. Authors of the study believe that implementation of a no contact greeting or the fist bump will greatly reduce the number of diseases transferred between humans. 

At Lawton Brothers we know that implementing new rules in your facility is not always easy. It’s important to remind and encourage your staff to practice good hand hygiene, even if it means saying goodbye to the classic handshake. 
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