‘Nice to meet you,’ you reach out your hand to a new colleague.
‘Can I get you coffee?’ you ask, collecting people’s mugs as you do a round of hot drinks at the office. But guess what, you’re not just being polite, you’re actually just contaminating everyone’s hands and mugs with your own poo-infested hands.
That is if you are a male office worker (no, not all men, we know).
According to Metro, A research by YouGov found that one in six men don’t wash their hands after using the loo at work. YouGov put multiple scenarios to the public, asking how frequently they washed their hands after weeing or pooing at home, at work, and while out and about. They ran an extra survey for men to see if hand washing habits changed depending on whether they went for a wee standing up or sitting down.
In all the scenarios tested, men were less likely than women to clean themselves after having a tinkle or number two. The biggest difference between the genders was washing hands after having a wee while outside the house, with 18% of women admitting they don’t wash their hands if they use a public loo, compared to 30-32% of men (depending on whether they are sitting or standing). Interestingly, 11% of women prefer to hold it in than go at work (the figure is 7% for men). Some men are also completely opposed to sitting down to wee, with 13-21% saying they never do it. In Germany a man who sits down to urinate may be called a ‘sitzpinkler’ – the word literally refers to a man who sits down to urinate ‘like a woman’, ergo is considered weak or effeminate. Oh no, sounds like toxic masculinity is affecting people’s toilet habits again. Remember when it stopped this man from wiping his bum properly?
How to wash your hands properly
- Wet your hands with water
- Apply enough soap to cover all over your hands. You can use alcohol-based handrub if you don’t have immediate access to soap and water.
- Rub hands palm to palm.
- Rub the back of your left hand with your right palm with interlaced fingers. Repeat with the other hand.
- Rub your palms together with fingers interlaced.
- Rub the backs of your fingers against your palms with fingers interlocked. Clasp your left thumb with your right hand and rub in rotation. Repeat with your left hand and right thumb.
- Rub the tips of your fingers in the other palm in a circular motion, going backwards and forwards. Repeat with the other hand.
- Rinse hands with water (warm or cold).
- Dry thoroughly, ideally with a disposable towel.
- Use the disposable towel to turn off the tap.