Workplace Hygiene

Updated: Feb 6, 2021

Keep Your Workplace Safe !

Practice good hygiene :

*Suspend all non-essential travels and trips

Take care of your emotional and mental well-being

Outbreaks are a Stay home if...

*You are feeling sick *You have a sick family member at home

Limit meetings and non-essential travels

*Use video conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings

*When video calls are not possible, hold your meetings in well-ventilated rooms and spaces stressful and anxious time for everyone. Keep patience level to its optimum and handle all with love & respect.

Safe Workspace

Throughout any given workday, employees use their hands to write up a report, shake hands with a new client, open doors and much more. All of these activities expose hands to harmful germs and bacteria. Illness is linked to productivity loss, costing employers.

Considering that 80 percent of all infections are transmitted by hands, it’s crucial to implement an effective hand hygiene program at work. Employees at large spend more time Monday through Saturday at the workplace than anywhere else, including their home.

Now specially post 'Lockdown' period it is imperative for each Employer & Administration to take utmost care that each employee is safe by keeping hygiene at its best and sanitizes its hands multiple times during the day.

What employer needs to do

Organizations that encourage regular use of hand sanitizer tend to have healthier workers. A study featured in BMC Infectious Diseases found that office workers who were encouraged to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer at least five times each workday were about two-thirds less likely to get sick than those who continued to just wash their hands.

The best way to remind employees to use hand sanitizer is by making it easily accessible and always within sight. It’s important to place hand sanitizer near and around high-touch surfaces and common areas, including the one's mentioned below:

1.Entrance & exit

A single doorknob could potentially be the cause of a widespread illness in the workplace. In fact, new research showed that a within two to four hours, a virus placed on a doorknob was picked up by 40 to 60 percent of workers and visitors within the facility. In addition to frequently disinfecting doorknobs, light switches and other high-touch surfaces within the workplace, make sure to also provide a hand sanitizing station nearby to limit the spread of infection.

2.Canteens, Cafeterias, Food courts, Break rooms

If food is consumed with germ-ridden hands, it’s easy to digest the germs and become infected with several diseases. One of the germiest hot-spots in an office is the break room and kitchen, according to an NSF International study. Although hand sanitizer is not an ultimate solution for anyone who prepares food, it can help eliminate certain germs.

3.Meeting Rooms

Meeting rooms are often packed with employees, clients and other visitors who exchange hand shakes, thus swapping germs. By providing guests and employees with an easy-to access hand sanitizing station, either near the door or at the table, allows them to safeguard their hands against germs before and after the meeting takes place.

4.Employee desks, phones, computer keyboards & computer mice

These are key germ transfer points because people touch them so often. Considering that employees spend the majority of their day at their desks where they also eat, drink and even cough and sneeze, desks become “a minefield of viruses” which can live on a surface for up to three days. Placing individual hand sanitizers at desks keeps hand hygiene within reach.

5.High traffic areas Providing hand sanitizer outside the office is also important. High-traffic areas like despatch terminals, Security at gate and recreational centers should offer hand hygiene stations to ensure visitors stay as healthy as possible. Not only does this keep high-traffic areas clean, it helps improve the image of the Organisation. As an employer, it’s important to lead the change with an example. Encourage workers to use sanitizer often by doing so yourself. 6.Transaction counters After handling cash, it’s crucial to clean your hands, especially if you’re about to consume food shortly afterwards. Keeping hand sanitizer near transaction areas, such as the cafeteria check-out counter, reminds people to engage in hand hygiene when it’s needed most.

Sanitizing the Workplace

Using hand sanitizer reduces microbiological counts and kills many harmful germs that could infect workers with the flu and other viruses. In order to keep the workplace a healthy and thriving environment, it’s critical that employers take into account the health of its employees. Providing hand sanitizer for employees, at desks and in common areas, is just as essential as providing the right equipment and tools to do their job.

Selecting the Right Hand Sanitizer

While providing hand sanitizer at key locations throughout the workplace is essential to combating employee illness and absenteeism, it works best to provide the right type of sanitizer. Make sure to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 70 percent alcohol. The higher alcohol percentage will usually translate into higher efficacy. Look for products with a 5-log minimum kill rate (99.999%) – which are 100 times more effective than 3-log (99.9%) sanitizers. Consider using foam hand sanitizers, as 84 percent of adults prefer foam sanitizer over sticky gel. It’s also best to use sanitizers that contain moisturizers to prevent skin dryness, and are perfume- and dyefree to reduce potential allergic reactions and skin irritations.

Encouraging Hand Hygiene

A complete hand hygiene program goes beyond providing the right products. While having wall mounted hand sanitizing dispensers and bottles on surfaces in and near germ hot-spots is essential to improving the health of your workers, it’s only beneficial if workers regularly use them. Provide posters, leaflets, internal newsletters and information boards near dispensers with reminders to clean hands and offer quick, easy facts about hand hygiene. These materials should also include information on how to properly use and apply hand sanitizer according to the 6 Step Method recommended by the World Health Organization, to ensure the correct amount is used and spread to cover all surfaces of both hands. Additionally, employers should offer educational seminars and meetings throughout the year to teach and remind employees on how they can improve their health with hand hygiene best practices.