Hand Hygiene in Offices

Logo of Hand Hygiene at Work website, with tagline: "Evidence-based resources for workers & decision-makers"

Hand Hygiene in Offices

Hand hygiene is

“an easy, affordable, and effective way to prevent the spread of germs and keep employees healthy” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Infectious disease can be easily spread in offices when employers meet colleagues, clients and customers, share equipment (such as desks, keyboards, phones, photocopiers), and work in shared offices and open plan spaces [1]. Using hand sanitiser, washing hands and disinfecting surfaces can reduce the risk of catching infections [2]. The following guidelines, derived from evidence-based research, are intended for organisations, their employees and anyone with a responsibility for public health.


[1] Zivich, P. N., Gancz, A. S., & Aiello, A. E. (2018). Effect of hand hygiene on infectious diseases in the office workplace: A systematic review. American journal of infection control, 46(4), 448-455.

[2] Reynolds, K. A., Beamer, P. I., Plotkin, K. R., Sifuentes, L. Y., Koenig, D. W., & Gerba, C. P. (2016). The healthy workplace project: reduced viral exposure in an office setting. Archives of environmental & occupational health, 71(3), 157-162.