An investigation of hand washing facilities and practices in various settings on the island of Ireland.

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Abstract

This research project involved an investigation of handwashing facilities and practices in various settings on the island of Ireland, led by Ulster University on behalf of safefood Ireland.
Adequate handwashing practice and compliance is important for the prevention of many hygiene-related communicable diseases. However, most of the research investigating handwashing behaviour and compliance has mainly focused in healthcare settings.
This research has relevance to food safety and hygiene, public health and the understanding of the spread of hygiene-related communicable diseases and foodborne illnesses. It provides new and up-to-date information on the hand hygiene (handwashing and hand drying) behaviours and compliance of users across different settings (including childcare services, public restrooms and food businesses) on the island of Ireland.
Improving hand hygiene behaviour and compliance is essential in preventing the spread of communicable diseases and key to improving the general health and wellbeing of the entire population.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages142
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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