Have you ever taken the time to consider the impact of unhygienic toilet facilities at your local supermarket? Probably not, but when you think about it, the potential for spreading germs is huge.
This subject was brought to my attention recently when I, along with my family, visited our local Tesco store. After trawling up and down the aisles, checking the items off my list and placating the children with the odd treat in the trolley, we paid for our shopping and sat ourselves down in Costa for a much deserved cuppa. My husband went off to use the loo and when he returned I did the same. The toilets themselves were relatively clean and had loo roll, but when I went to wash my hands (which, incidentally, the lady leaving the toilets as I entered neglected to even attempt to do – gross) I found there was no soap in any of the dispensers. Luckily, I always carry hand sanitiser for incidents like this, so was able to manage my own hygiene. I then promptly approached the customer service desk and informed them of the lack of soap. The lady cheerily replied with “Thanks for letting me know” and continued on with her tasks. Unbeknown to me at this time, my husband had encountered exactly the same no soap issue when using the mens.
This incident may have been a one off, maybe the cleaner was off sick, but let’s think about the potential health impact here. We all wander around the supermarket pondering over the freshest fruit and veg, picking up an apple or perhaps squeezing a crusty french stick. But, do we ever contemplate that the person standing next to us, who is also casually touching the produce, has recently visited the customer toilets? Yes, I think you know where I’m going here….
The spread of germs by poor hand hygiene is well documented. Many illnesses are spread by hands not being washed with soap and water. I know this sounds obvious, but, when you visit a public toilet whether it’s in a supermarket, restaurant, train station or any other public place, the need for basic hand washing and drying facilities is essential, especially if food is involved.
The purpose of this post is to not to insinuate that Tesco is alone in this hygiene faux pas, as many Supermarkets are, I am sure, guilty of mismanagement of toilet facilities. Our aim is to bring awareness and showcase a hygiene risk. Supermarkets should take extra care to ensure their toilets are well stocked and provide the essential basics for sanitary hand hygiene. It’s simply not acceptable in today’s day and age, to fail to meet this basic sanitary need, especially where food is involved.
Are your toilet facilities maintained properly? Do you need help in this area? Flush Hygiene take these matters very seriously and ensure your facilities are well stocked at all times.