Instill good hand hygiene habits in your workforce to reduce the risks of cross contamination and lowered productivity.
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Every day workers are potentially exposed to contaminants and conditions that can be harmful to their skin, for example chemicals, mechanical oils, greases and even hot and cold conditions.
Hygiene, and hand hygiene in particular, is vital in the manufacturing sector to ensure public health is protected as well as ensuring product quality. Besides occupational skin disorders such as work-related eczema, poor hygiene can cause higher levels of absenteeism and presenteeism, which can disrupt shifts and workflow.
With approximately 80% of common infections being transmitted by hand, it is essential for manufacturing businesses to have good hand hygiene practices.
The standards of bathrooms within manufacturing sites often vary between the office and factory floor. The office bathrooms need to safeguard the business image, while the bathrooms in the manufacturing facility should be clean and provide the right provisions for employees using them in this area.
A survey by Initial Hygiene revealed that 73% of workers surveyed dislike a messy bathroom and 3 in 5 workers claim bathroom hygiene affect their productivity. This means that bathroom cleanliness and hygiene need to be tip-top to be welcoming for both visitors and staff.
Encourage good hand hygiene habits to keep your employees' hands clean and hygienic with a simple 3-step process.
The reception is an important reflection of your company as it is often the first point of contact for customers and suppliers. Ensure your entrance and reception area is well maintained to welcome your visitors into a clean and hygienic environment. Surfaces such as reception counters and door handles which are touched often and by a large number of people harbour bacteria which can cause skin infections, food poisoning and respiratory diseases.
Communal areas where employees gather are great spaces to build hygiene awareness and to promote a cleaner, safer workplace.
Germs can remain on surfaces such as production lines for up to 48 hours and can increase the risk of cross-contamination from surfaces to hands.
Take care to reduce the risk of cross contamination by having a thorough cleaning regime in place as well as providing hand washing stations where necessary.
A recent study by Initial found that 49% of office workers sometimes or always eat at their desks. The potential for cross-contamination is high as germs from the bathroom are spread by contaminated hands and transferred to desks, office equipment and food.