Hand hygiene is more important now than ever. Washing hands with soap and water helps reduce the risk of catching or spreading potentially harmful bacteria and viruses.
Following the outbreak of the pandemic, a large number of employees are now working remotely, but those in offices remain exposed to germs and illnesses. Although it remains the primary responsibility of individuals to maintain acceptable levels of personal hygiene, clean restrooms, proper hygiene education and providing handwashing materials can go a long way in promoting employee wellbeing.
Here are some hand hygiene tips to help keep your office environment safe.
1. Introduce Hand Washing Reminders
Simple hand washing initiatives like reminders above basins and sinks discouraging people from taking their smartphones into the bathroom and encouraging them to wash their hands with soap and water can make a difference.
2. Invest In No Touch Soap Dispensers
Installing automatic no-touch soap dispensers will help promote hand hygiene by removing the need for contact. For hand-drying, add no-touch paper dispensers which lower the risk of recontamination by reducing the amount of moisture left in the hands after washing.
3. Provide Hand Sanitiser
Hand sanitisers limit the spread of bacteria. You should ensure they are readily available in and around the office. Be sure to also place them in high traffic areas like entrances, washrooms, kitchens and on desks.
4. Install Antibacterial Door Knobs and Handles
Antimicrobial door handles are a simple way to protect your office from germs. Using the natural bacteria-killing properties of silver, they provide a barrier between clean hands and dirty door handles, preventing cross-contamination.
5. Keep Communal Areas Clean
Common areas like the kitchen, meeting rooms and reception areas should stay clean. Use spray and surface wipes to clean high usage items like kettle handles, light switches and coffee machines to prevent cross contamination.
A lack of hand-washing facilities at workplaces puts individuals at risk of viruses such as COVID-19. Proper hygienic facilities will reduce chances of catching or spreading harmful illnesses amongst employees.