Workplace hand hygiene and wellness: A survey of knowledge, beliefs, and practices

Maggie Stedman-Smith*, Cathy L.Z. DuBois, Scott Grey

*Corresponding author for this work

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Community hand hygiene interventions have reduced the spread of infectious disease in elementary schools, daycare centers, and private homes. Despite this success, and the potential for reducing workplace absenteeism and presenteeism, few peer-reviewed hand hygiene intervention studies among workers have been published. This research used the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) to guide the development of a model to understand and predict motivations for performing hand hygiene, and to examine related illness, absenteeism, and presenteeism among employees from 39 bank branches in Ohio. Although the TPB has been used extensively to elucidate hand hygiene practices among employees in the health care and food industries, little is known about the ability of the TPB to predict hand hygiene practices among workers in public settings. These survey findings indicate a need for hand hygiene improvement, and support the use of attitudinal beliefs and social norms to guide multimodal approaches for workplace hand hygiene interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-485
Number of pages9
JournalWorkplace Health and Safety
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes


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