Antibacterial soaps would be unnecessary in the food industry if workers adopted the correct washing procedures, a leading cleaning and hygiene specialist has claimed.
Paul Blount, marketing director of Deb, said staff needed to adopt hand washing techniques similar to those used in the health sector: "The reality is people do not wash their hands to the correct technique."
Blount also called for more attention to be paid to the use of skin conditioners. He claimed that cuts, sores and dry skin - together with nail-biting - were potentially a more serious vehicle for contamination than many people realised.
"There needs to be more of a focus on skin condition," he said. "Men are the worst. Putting cream on your hands is not a thing that is seen to be done."
He added: "If you are washing your hands properly, wearing gloves should be nothing to do with hygiene."
Deb has just launched a skin hygiene range specifically aimed at the food sector. FloraFree includes cleansing, sanitising and conditioning products. These are colour-coded to reduce the widespread misapplication of different hand treatments in the sector, said Blount.
"If we can make products easier to understand that has got to be a step forward."