If you have ever visited a restroom in a restaurant, you have probably noticed a sign that says, “Employees must wash hands before returning to work.” Proper hand hygiene is an essential expectation of hospitality workers—it is critical to controlling the spread of germs, protecting guests from illness, and keeping workers safe and able to do their jobs. As the owner and operator of two, five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations, Kohler understands the importance of hygiene in hospitality.
Yet, it was the COVID-19 pandemic that really thrust the importance of proper handwashing into the spotlight. What was once viewed as a good hygiene practice, became something that could save lives and curb the spread. Since Kohler’s Food and Beverage business could not function without proper handwashing, employees’ previous hygiene training equipped them well for the challenges of the pandemic. However, it was still important that everyone continued to comply. That’s why we posted regular reminders, posters, and communications about the power of handwashing in combatting COVID-19 and other viruses.
The pandemic reminded us of the important role that washing our hands can play for our overall health and wellbeing. It also reinforces the need for ongoing education around healthy hygiene habits and practices, especially as people resume their pre-pandemic activities and are exposed to more germs. These habits can be learned anywhere, from restaurants to schools to your own home.
We also have to remember that 2.3 billion people around the world do not have basic handwashing facilities at home to fight off infectious diseases. That lack of access is responsible for 700,000 deaths a year. On Global Handwashing Day, we want to ensure that the education continues and unites us in achieving global access to hand hygiene.
In LiJiaPing Village in China, WaSH education begins early. Kohler and MyH2O partner to raise awareness and provide hygiene solutions in schools.
Partnering with LavaMaeX to scale education and programming around hygiene through mobile showering and essential care services in the United States.