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How to improve facility management hygiene

Our hygiene habits at work are extremely important to our health and the health of those around us, yet office workers of your clients are unaware of how easily they can transmit potentially harmful germs from the washroom throughout the working premise.

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 the office building. Within two to four hours, the virus was detectable on 40% to 60% of workers, visitors and commonly touched objects.

Hand hygiene

Good hand hygiene is one of the most important ways to help minimise the spread of germs in the commerical building. 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.

  • Encourage good hand washing practices with awareness campaigns and notices in common areas and points-of-need

  • Ensure provisions such as soap and paper towels are well stocked at all times

  • 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 1000 times more bacteria than dry hands

Cubicle hygiene

Germs can spread easily through the air when toilets are flushed without the lid closed. Within 60 seconds of a toilet being flushed the average sized washroom can be covered with bacteria, urine and faecal matter. Managing the germs, scale and bacteria build up within the toilet can help reduce the risk of germs spreading.

  • Toilet seats should be sanitised regularly, preferably by users, to reduce the risk of cross-contamination

  • Toilet flush handles should be cleaned several times a day

  • All female washrooms should be well provisioned with feminine hygiene facilities

  • Protect toilet rolls in anti-microbial protected holders