Hygiene in the Workplace
|Hygiene (derived from the Greek goddess of health, Hygieia), is a set of practices performed for the preservation of health. Hygiene in its fullest and original meaning goes much beyond that to include all circumstances, practices, lifestyle issues, premises and commodities that engender a safe and healthy environment. Germs, an informal word for pathogens. A clear understanding of how germs actively spread and methods of prevention can maximise our protection from infections.|
What should you know?
Frequently touched surfaces are a breeding ground for germs. This includes toilet flush levers, lift buttons and door handles. Best practices in preventing contamination must be applied diligently.
- Wash Your Hands
The most important way to reduce the spread of germs is through regular hand washing with soap and water, particularly before and after preparing or eating food and after using the toilet. When you cough or sneeze, make sure you cover your nose and mouth with a tissue and dispose of the tissue to a bin. Use a hand sanitiser (if any) to kill germs on your hands. Avoid touching your face until you have had a chance to wash your hands.
- At Your Workstation
Research has revealed that areas like the computer keyboard, mouse and telephone handsets has an enormous amount of bacteria and viruses on it. According to Lizzie Parry for MailOnline, (published on 5 December 2014), “Viruses such as influenza can survive on hard surfaces like office desks for up to 24 hours. Therefore, make sure you clean these items regularly using a disinfectant wipe.
- The Kitchen
Ensure that all kitchen utensils and cutlery are cleaned/sanitised before use.
- Handling Rubbish
Rubbish is an unavoidable by-product whether at workplace or home. Therefore, you need to know how to handle and dispose of it correctly.
Below are the recommended good practices when handling rubbish:
- Use rubbish bags and make sure they are tied.
- Empty bins regularly.
- Make sure that the bin lid is always close.
- Wash out the bin with hot, soapy water
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