The recent COVID-19 pandemic has brought hygiene issues to the forefront of many people’s minds. It remains the best defense against this potentially deadly virus. But good hygiene is not a new thing. Adopting the right procedures and protocols has been essential for many years in a variety of businesses.
Whether you’re involved in food prep, medical supplies, or work in retail, you need to maintain hygiene in the workplace for your own sake and for others.
Fortunately, there are several simple steps you can take to ensure this is the case.
Clean Your Hands
Studies show that the average person touches their face 23 times each hour. Every time you touch your face you’re transferring debris and possibly bacteria from a surface to your face. This can then enter your body through your eyes, nose, or mouth and potentially make you ill.
If you’re already carrying bacteria then the process of touching your face allows you to transfer bacteria to other surfaces, it can then be picked up by colleagues and customers.
The answer is to wash your hands regularly with soap and water or by using hand sanitizer. This effectively removes the bacteria.
Keep Hair Clean and Out Of The Way
Short hair is fine but if you have long hair it should be tied up out of the way or kept under a hairnet, especially if you work in the food industry.
More importantly, you should wash your hair regularly and cut it when needed. This removes the chance of debris and dirt carried by your hair and then deposited around the workplace.
It also makes you feel better and ensures your colleagues are comfortable in your presence.
Your skin is constantly replenishing itself. The old skin cells die as the new ones arrive. In fact, you’ll shed an impressive million skin cells every day.
Showering regularly will remove these skin cells. If you don’t the skin cells will block the pores on your skin allowing bacteria to build up. You’ll probably notice an outbreak of spots and you’re more likely to pass bacteria onto colleagues.
Your oral health is actually a good indication of your overall health. More importantly, no one likes to chat with the person with bad breath. Brushing your teeth, flossing, and even using mouthwash can help you to maintain a healthy mouth, this is beneficial in the workplace as well as social situations.
These are potentially the worst places for hygiene in the workplace. Alongside washing your hands after using the facilities you need to be considerate of other users. That means using the facilities properly and leaving them as clean as you found them, or better.
Change Your Clothes
Body odors can be hard to deal with, especially if you have to work next to someone with them. That’s why you should use deodorant every day and change your clothes regularly. That means washing your clothes between uses.
It all helps to make a better work environment which is favorable for everyone.