Thought Leadership

The human factor. Thoughts and observations.

The life-blood of any organisation is its people; the success of every system, in every organisation is determined by human factors. We are seeking a deep understanding of these human factors; these are some of our thoughts and observations.

Regular Hand Washing – How to make it a habit.

Regular Hand Washing – How to make it a habit.

SeaChange have identified the 10 safety behaviours we can all do to Starve the COVID-19 Beast! We explain why they are important, what to do, and how make each safety behaviour a long-lasting habit. See below for key information on Regular Hand Washing:

Why is Regular Hand Washing Important?

Regular and through hand washing greatly reduces the spread of COVID-19

When should you Wash Your Hands:

  • After coughing or sneezing
  • Before and after eating
  • Before and after preparing food
  • If you were in contact with someone who has a fever or respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing)
  • Before and after being on public transport if you must use it
  • Before and after being in a crowd (especially an indoor crowd)
  • When you arrive and leave buildings including your home or anyone else’s home
  • If you have handled animals or animal waste
  • Before having a cigarette or vaping
  • If your hands are dirty
  • After toilet use

Triggers to Form the Habit(s):

  1. Set Reminders:
    • Visual cues such as sticky notes or an object out of place on your desk, something odd that will make you think of it.
    • Evidence-based posters e.g. displaying the technique for correct hand washing and detailing the effectiveness of such a practice is very effective too.
    • Using the “Cooties” effect with bugs-like stickers on surfaces that can become highly contaminated like door handles can work too.
    • Displaying messages such as “wash it now or eat it later” works as well.
  2. Make the act of handwashing fun and pleasurable: reward with a nice soap, use www.washyourlyrics.com to create your own poster with any song’s lyrics paired to the handwashing steps – to change up from the “happy birthday” song.
  3. Make it public/ pledge to stand against the virus. The act of committing can increase behaviour change.
  4. Pair handwashing with another important activity like taking a break away from your computer
  5. Position washing stations and hand sanitiser in strategic places that people will pass by very often – if you have to climb the stairs and walk down a long corridor every time, it’s not going to happen!
  6. Make it personal – think of the people you are protecting by not transmitting the virus to them.

For more detailed information and consultancy support on how to prepare and plan for COVID-19 onsite, contact SeaChange about our excellent and comprehensive ‘Ready Steady Go Programme’.  Call us now on +353 45 856 028, or email us on info@seachange-intl.com. (SeaChange home page here)

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