Study: Restroom Hand Washing on Rise

BOSTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) — Americans are getting better about hand washing in public restrooms, an observational study announced at a Boston conference shows.

The study, sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology and the American Cleaning Institute, indicates 85 percent of adults washed their hands in public washrooms, up from 77 percent in 2007, the organizations’ releases Tuesday reported.


The percentage was the highest observed since the studies began in 1996, the organizations said.

The results were announced at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a four-day infectious disease meeting sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology that winds in Boston Wednesday.

Harris Interactive of New York, on behalf of ASM and ACI, observed 6,028 adults in public restrooms in August to see if people washed their hands. The studies were conducted at the following locations: Atlanta (Turner Field), Chicago (Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium), New York City (Grand Central Station and Penn Station), and San Francisco (Ferry Terminal Farmers Market), the release said.

“The message is that people are getting the message. Between mom’s common sense advice and the recent pandemic scare, people now seem to realize the importance of when and how you wash your hands,” said Nancy Bock, ACI’s vice president of consumer education.

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