Our hygiene habits at work are extremely important to our health, and the health of those around us.
Researchers using tracer viruses from the American Society of Microbiology found that contamination of just a single doorknob or table top can result in the spread of viruses throughout office buildings, hotels and health care facilities. Within two to four hours, the virus was detectable on 40% to 60% of workers, visitors and commonly touched objects.
Good hand hygiene is one of the most important ways to help minimise the spread of germs in the office. In a recent study, 50% of workers admitted having left the washroom without washing their hands due to poor washroom facilities. Providing a good washroom experience can have a direct impact on hygiene behaviours.
- Ensure good hand washing practices with awareness campaigns and notices in common areas and points-of-need
- Clean taps and soap dispensers regularly to help reduce surface cross-contamination. Consider touch-free hand wash facilities to minimise contact
- Provide appropriate solutions to encourage good hand drying practices. Damp hands spread 1000x more bacteria than dry hands