Jul 27th, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM


Handwashing Compliance Rates and Predictors in a College Town Environment


Denver, Colorado USA


Handwashing fights disease and infection. Many do not wash their hands when the behavior in which they engage would warrant such; most handwashing research has taken place in high traffic environments such as airports and public attraction venues and has established a persistent gender difference in handwashing compliance. This research replicates earlier work within a college town environment, extends our understanding of handwashing behaviors, notes differences in handwashing rates across establishments, and establishes several environmental and demographic predictors of handwashing compliance. The results can help increase handwashing rates at hospitality establishments and increase public health.