Workplace Hygiene Is Everyone’s Job

Hygiene

As the world at large continues to battle Influenza, Ebola, and everything in between, occupational hygiene practices seem more relevant than ever. Here are some things you can do to help (and reasons why you should!):

Supervisor responsibilities:

  • Develop an infection control plan, including tools to help identify pandemic symptoms
  • Watch carefully for new or developing hygiene hazards
  • Schedule regular monthly inspections and update policies accordingly
  • Consider cleaning the workstation of an employee you know has been sick and could infect others
  • Provide –
    • Clear policies, procedures, and regular training
    • Clean hand washing stations and/or sanitizer where facilities are not available
    • Tissues, gloves, antibacterial wipes, etc
    • Antiseptics & disinfectants for kitchens and other shared areas
    • Proper ventilation systems

Worker responsibilities:

  • Get appropriate vaccines
  • Wash/sanitize hands frequently
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Use a tissue, or cough/sneeze into your arm, not your hand
  • Dispose of tissues immediately & wash your hands
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Do not share cups, glasses, dishes or cutlery

How everyone benefits:

  • Meet compliance standards, minimizing work stoppages and fines
  • Healthy workers are more productive at work
  • Healthy workers require fewer days off
  • Reduced workers’ compensation costs

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