Hand hygiene or washing hand is important for keeping hands clean and getting rid of dirt, soil, and microorganisms. Commonly, hands are cleaned using water and soap, in case if the soap is not available ash is also used. Frequently washing hands helps to wash away germs that have picked up by touching different things. It helps to prevent transmission of infections and diseases. Hand washing is also a cost-effective way to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
Hand hygiene has a high significance in healthcare facilities as doctors and nurses are required to clean their hand before the operation and administrating of medicines to the patients. Hand hygiene helps to prevent the spread of pathogens that can cause various diseases or chemicals that are harmful to individuals. Hand hygiene is also important in food and beverage industry as lack of hygiene can contaminate the food and consumption of these products can adversely affect the health of the consumer causing respiratory illnesses, staph, e-Coli, gastrointestinal disorders, etc. Hand washing is also essential in daily life when hands are dirty, before and after using washroom, preparation, serving and eating food, after outdoor activities, after touching pets, coughing, blowing nose, sneezing, touching animals or garbage bags, and various other scenarios.
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Initiatives taken by the government and non-government organizations in various countries to spread awareness for maintenance of hand hygiene is resulting in increasing demand for hand hygiene products among individuals.
Hand hygiene products include soaps, hand wash, hand sanitizers, hand scrubs, and disinfectants. Increasing preference for hand wash for maintaining hand hygiene and its growing use in households, restaurants, hotels, public transports, airports, railway stations, hospitals, school, etc. are increasing its demand. In addition, increasing adoption of hand sanitizers among individuals for personal use as they are portable, convenient, less time-consuming. Availability of various types of hand hygiene products with a wide range of price, flavors, and packaging is making consumers more inclined towards its usage.
There is high demand for hand hygiene products in countries in North America, owing to growing concerns regarding health and wellness as well as high awareness regarding hand hygiene among end users. In addition, the availability of highly developed healthcare facilities and stringent regulation for maintenance of hygiene in the food and beverage sector are also increasing usage of hand wash products.
Growing adoption of hand hygiene products in countries in the Asia Pacific region is increasing its demand. Government programs such as ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyaan’ in India and ‘WASH-in-School’ program by UNICEF in China are also raising awareness regarding maintenance of hygiene among individuals. In addition, a collaboration of manufacturers with government programs to encourage adoption of hand hygiene products is also expected to increase adoption of hand wash products.
By type, the hand hygiene market categorized into soaps, detergents, and antiseptic wipes. By application, the hand hygiene market categorized into hand disinfectant and surgical hand antisepsis. Key players of the hand hygiene market include Kutol, Whiteley Corporation, Deb Group, GOJO Industries, Inc., Medline Industries, Inc., EcoHydra, Meritech, and Kimberly-Clark.