Many people spend at least 40 hours each week at work. So why not make it a healthy place? By maintaining good personal hygiene practices and ensuring a clean workplace, we can all focus on more important things. Because let’s face it—you’re too busy to get sick.
Here are some tips to protecting your health at work.
Practice cleanliness in the workplace.
Make sure your cleaning staff is doing a thorough job by requiring that they:
- Minimize clutter to enable appropriate cleaning of the environment.
- Regularly wash floors, bathrooms, and other surfaces—such as tables and bench tops—with hot water and detergent.
- Thoroughly wash and dry mops, brushes, and cloths after every use.
- Always wear gloves when using disinfectants; clean surfaces first, before using a disinfectant; and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Practice respiratory etiquette.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your arm—not your hand.
- Wash your hands immediately and wash them well if you accidentally sneeze or cough into your hands.
- Dispose of contaminated tissues in waste containers.
- Workplace infection prevention—APIC consumer alert