This article highlights and addresses the topic of safety and loss prevention with something that applies to both our professional and personal lives: basic workplace cleanliness. The news is always informing us about the numerous ailments that are affecting people, and many of them can be avoided by practicing better hygiene.
Workers eating and drinking near the work area are regular sightings when touring facilities. Toxic chemicals are frequently found on the work table or in the workers’ general work environment.
The purpose of management is to prevent inadvertent exposures to dangerous compounds by inhalation or ingestion. A list of seven good workplace hygiene practices is provided below. Exposures caused by inadvertent cross-contamination can be avoided by regularly maintaining excellent hygiene when working with hazardous substances.
The best safety and health management methods include not just the employer but also the employees who buy into the company’s health and safety culture.
Only smoke, eat, and drink in specified areas away from hazardous material storage or use. Small amounts of the compounds may be present in the region, causing you to inhale or ingest the dangerous material if you smoke, eat, or drink nearby. If you’ve been working with dangerous products, you should always wash your hands before smoking, eating, or drinking. (This is a good opportunity to bring up your substance abuse prevention plan).
Maintain the cleanliness and condition of your work attire. Hazardous compounds can get on your clothes or skin through holes or tears, increasing the chances of being exposed to the substance.
Do not put infected garments in the same washing machine as your regular laundry. Not only will cross-contamination occur, but it’s also likely that these clothes will catch fire if they’re washed. Before you leave work, figure out what to do with your infected apparel. Many businesses have a dedicated industrial laundry facility for soiled garments.
Even if you don’t have any symptoms, wash your eyes, skin, or clothing right away if you get harmful materials in your eyes, skin, or clothing.
Always wash your hands before applying cosmetics, lotion, lip balm, or gloves. Applying these to infected skin will almost certainly result in an unintentional infection.
When working in an environment where fumes are present, remove your contact lenses. Contact lenses absorb pollutants from the air, producing discomfort and other potentially dangerous conditions in the eyes.
Keep the areas where dangerous materials are stored clean. In the event of a leak, the area should be cleaned using established spill containment and cleanup protocols. The materials that were utilized to clean up the spill must also be appropriately disposed of.
Hazardous elements are kept away from and out of your body using these methods. These simple work place hygiene habits are not only simple to observe and implement, but they will rapidly become a habit. The most difficult component of implementing any new change is undoing previous, and most likely harmful, hygiene habits.
After all, when people eat or smoke in a hazardous material location, they usually don’t perceive any immediate health effects. A harmful health consequence may develop over time as a result of persistent exposure to dangerous elements induced by these unhealthy practices. If you are aware of any bad hygiene habits, the key to changing them is to realize that the bad practice puts your health at risk in the long run. Begin to break those negative habits today, and pay close attention to your safety meetings!