Are you washing profits down the plughole?

Are you washing profits down the plughole?


Swarfega’s research has showed the average size of bulk product used by mechanics and recovery technicians to wash their hands is 40ml.

However, of this 40ml of product, up to 80% gets washed down the plughole without making sufficient contact with the mechanics’ hands or removing dirt. With employees washing their hands so often, workforce hygiene could soon become a costly overhead.

By switching to a wall-mounted dispenser and undertaking some simple cleaning routine changes workshops could save up to 65% on skin care costs. According to Swarfega, correctly using a dispenser can deliver over 500 more hand washes than the average 15 litre bucket. That’s equal to an annual saving of up to £1000 for a garage employing five mechanics, all washing their hands ten times a day.

Educating employees on more effective cleaning routines or changing the strength of cleanser can both have an effect on reducing costs. While everyone knows how to wash their hands they may not be using the most efficient method to maximise the cleaning product they’re using.

Chris Brooks, Technical Product Manager, Swarfega, said: “Using a dispensing system and not a traditional bulk bucket product can help to make significant savings. A simple change in cleaning routine could see better results, reducing the required amount of cleanser used.

“So, while the cost of a four litre canister is deemed to be expensive when compared to a 15 litre bucket of the same product, the actual cost savings are clear when used correctly. The average shot size of 4.5ml from a wall-mounted dispenser, like Swarfega’s cartridge system offers no wastage and delivers the same cleaning results.”

Swarfega offers a host of cost-effective products suitable for workshop applications. Swarfega’s wall mounted dispensers are developed to deliver consistent dosages of the exact amount of cleanser required to do the job.

The following Swarfega four step hand cleaning process is designed to help garages’ employees achieve a more effective wash and make the hand cleanser go that little bit further.
1. Apply cleanser to dry hands, pushing button once!
2. Rub hands together spreading cleanser evenly over both hands
3. Add a few drops of water and continue rubbing hands together
4. Rinse well and dry thoroughly

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