Characteristics Associated With Consistent Handwashing and Satisfaction in the Workplace: A Pilot Survey of U.S. Workers. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: This study seeks to determine what handwashing facilities are available to workers, predominantly in the manufacturing and service industries, to find out if their workplace has the appropriate resources to conduct proper handwashing and how that affects handwashing satisfaction. METHODS: This cross-sectional study surveyed U.S. adult workers (N = 241) on their workplace handwashing equipment and facilities. The associations between demographic characteristics, consistent handwashing, and handwashing satisfaction were evaluated using Fisher's exact test. FINDINGS: Eighty-eight percent of respondents reported consistent handwashing. Pulling a handle to exit the restroom was negatively associated with handwashing satisfaction (p = .004) and having difficulty with an automatic faucet or dispenser was negatively marginally significant in its association with handwashing consistency (p = .10). CONCLUSION/APPLICATIONS TO PRACTICE: Greater understanding of the available equipment in workplace restroom facilities and how to improve selection and use of that equipment may improve workers' handwashing experiences.

published proceedings

  • Workplace Health Saf

altmetric score

  • 0.85

author list (cited authors)

  • Le, A. B., Perez-Patron, M., Ward, L. M., Comai, A., Beam, E. L., & Gibbs, S. G.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Le, Aurora B||Perez-Patron, Maria||Ward, Lauren M||Comai, Andrew||Beam, Elizabeth L||Gibbs, Shawn G

publication date

  • May 2022