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Office Hygiene

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How to Improve Office Hygiene

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

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 in 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 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.

  • Encourage good hand washing practices with awareness campaigns and educational messages in common areas and points-of-need.
  • Cultivate good hand hygiene habits with 3 simple steps: wash, dry and sanitise frequently.
  • Ensure provisions such as soap and paper towels are well stocked at all times.
  • Clean the water taps and soap dispensers regularly to help reduce surface cross-contamination. Consider touch-free hand wash facilities to minimise contact.

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 sanitised several times a day.
  • All female washrooms should be well provisioned with feminine hygiene facilities.
  • Protect toilet rolls in antimicrobial protected holders.

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Common Areas

A recent study by Initial found that 32% of office workers sometimes or always work hot desk and 49% of office workers eat at their desks. The potential for cross-contamination to happen is high as germs from the washroom are spread by contaminated hands and transferred to desks, office equipment and food.

  • Carry out workstation sanitation to sanitise keyboards, mouse and phone to minimise the cross-contamination.
  • Clean and regularly disinfect all food surfaces (in kitchens and eating areas) to reduce the risk of pest infestation.
  • Install hand sanitisers in locations of high footfall and common use.