To effectively minimise the spread of pathogens and their consequential illnesses, and to maintain a sanitary workplace, you need to ensure high levels of care in every part of your daily regime. Considerations need to be made to maintain best practices in personal hygiene and workplace sanitation.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the absolute that adopting a multi-faceted approach is the only way to effectively prevent the spread of illnesses especially in the close confines of a workplace.
This is not only to protect ourselves but also to help protect the more vulnerable individuals in our society that might be most adversely affected by asymptomatic spread.
However, this doesn’t just apply to times when dangerous viruses are being spread. It should become a habitual part of everyone’s day to day approach towards hygiene.
In this sanitary workplace guide, we explore three main considerations necessary to keep workplaces safe throughout the year.
Keeping yourself virus-free
The first thing that everyone needs to remember is that they could be implicit – even if they don’t know it – in the spread of illnesses.
In close proximity to others, whether that’s in an office space, school, or cafe, having poor hygiene can be detrimental to large numbers of peoples health.
By not washing your hands, you can easily pick up a virus and spread it across surfaces – including your own face.
It was found in this study that people touch their face an average of 23 times per hour.
Regular washing of your hands with soap is a simple but ultimately effective method for removing pathogens from your hand preventing them from being spread across surfaces or entering your own body.
For this reason, it’s very important that you introduce and effective hand-hygiene system in the workplace. A bottle of hand-sanitiser as you come in is a good start, but making sure that you have a fool proof hands-free hand-care system in place is far more effective.
Keeping the Workplace Disinfected
When thinking about workplace hygiene, washing your hands forms just one part of an effective approach. Mitigating the risks of having large numbers of people in close-quarters is should be our number one priority.
One of the most effective methods for keeping a workplace healthy and safe is to regularly clean and to disinfect all surfaces, especially high touch surfaces.
One of our clients, TFL, is Europe’s largest public transport operator.
During the pandemic outbreak, they quickly established a process where high touch surfaces like doorknobs, counter surfaces, elevator buttons, bannisters, switches, bathrooms, sets and touch-screens were all disinfected at highly regular intervals.
There is no point in asking your team to continuously wash their hands if any and all items they touch have harmful pathogens on their surfaces.
Clean and Disinfect your Equipment
On that note, the approach to eradicating harmful pathogens from the workplace is all about keeping your own personal equipment clean and disinfected. For example, your laptop, keyboard, mouse, desktop and phone or tablet.
How to Disinfect Your Phone or Tablet
Your phone is probably the item you touch the most which means there is a high chance of you spreading harmful pathogens from other surfaces to your phone’s surface.
To clean your phone, you will want to use a disinfectant wipe or an alcohol solution of at least 70%.
Pay special attention to the screen, buttons and any crevices where dust has collected.
How to Disinfect Your Computer
Not all laptop or monitor screens are made of glass, some are made of plastic. It’s best to avoid using a disinfecting wipe on these.
Instead, you should clean the screen with isopropyl alcohol (70 percent) solution and a soft towel.
Make sure that you wipe down your keyboard, getting in between the keys as well as your mouse.
It’s also worth paying a little extra attention to the areas of your desk, trackpad or laptop where your wrists rest.
For these areas, you can use either a disinfecting wipe or isopropyl alcohol (70 percent) solution and a soft towel again.
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