Hygiene and Handwashing go hand in hand

Hygiene and handwashing have received their fair share of attention over the past few years as the importance of practicing regular handwashing became a high priority on everyone’s list. We recently had a chance to sit down with John Van Deventer, the Division Manager for Cleaning & Hygiene at FSG. John and his team know how hygiene contributes to keeping customers, visitors, staff, and the properties they manage free of any contamination.

We wanted to find out a bit more about hygiene and how it applies to the businesses that FSG services. He was happy to answer our questions.

What is the most effective hygiene and handwashing practice?

It all starts with personal hygiene… Washing your hands thoroughly is by far the most effective way to protect yourself against several infectious diseases that are easily spread from one person to another through contaminated hands.

Hands can pick up an incredible number of microorganisms (germs) and we don’t realise how often we touch our face, nose, or even eyes, where these organisms easily enter the body. It is a good habit to regularly wash your hands well to prevent you from becoming ill, and to reduce the risk of infecting others. To improve the hygiene barrier even further, clean or sanitise the surface areas in your commercial space. It is especially important to give your commercial space a regular wipe-down, not forgetting doorknobs, light switches, telephones, desks, and keyboards.

How can I ensure that I am correctly washing my hands?

To wash hands properly:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap.
  • Apply soap and lather well for 20 seconds (or longer if the dirt is ingrained).
  • Rub hands together rapidly across all surfaces of your hands and wrists.
  • Don’t forget the backs of your hands, your wrists, between your fingers, and under your fingernails.
  • If possible, remove rings and watches before you wash your hands, or ensure you move the rings to wash under them, as microorganisms can exist.
  • Rinse well under running water and make sure all traces of soap are removed.
  • It is best to use paper towels (or single-use cloth towels).
  • Dry under any rings, as they can be a source of future contamination if they remain moist.

You should wash your hands thoroughly:

  • after using the toilet
  • before, during, and after preparing food
  • between handling raw and cooked or ready-to-eat food
  • before eating
  • after handling rubbish or working in the garden
  • after handling animals
  • when you get home, arrive at other people’s homes, at venues, or at work.

Where possible always opt for sensor-enabled hygiene equipment to avoid unnecessary touchpoints.

As John further stated, workplace hygiene is a basic standard of health and safety that needs to be maintained- regardless of the industry. Businesses should have all the necessary hygiene equipment and consumables available to visitors and employees visiting their commercial premises – this includes:

  • Soap Dispensers 
  • Seat Sanitisers/Wipe Dispensers 
  • Urinal & Toilet Sanitisers 
  • Air-Care Dispensers 
  • Sanitary Bins 
  • Hygiene Bag Dispensers 
  • Paper Towel Dispensers  
  • Wall Mounted Waste Bins 
  • Toilet Roll Holders 
  • Energy Saving Hand Dryers 
  • Baby Changing Stations and Nappy Bins 
  • Condom Dispensers 
  • Smoking Stations

Hygiene in the workplace:

The state of your premises represents the image of your brand. As an organisation, do you:

  • care about your environment and your business?
  • respect your employees and your customers?
  • want to ensure productivity through improved overall health of staff?
  • want to create a safer workplace?
  • want to promote better focus and productivity?

If your answer is yes to all the questions above, get in touch with John and his team for more information about how FSG’s commercial hygiene products and services can help keep your place of work clean and hygienic.


Head Office Address
318 Sunriselaan, North Riding AH, Roodepoort, 2169

010 600 5050

Opening Hours
Mon – Thu: 07h30 – 16h30
Fri: 07h00 – 15h30

Enjoyed reading this blog?
Here are some more blog posts that you might enjoy