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How important is it to maintain workplace hygiene and sanitation?

Introduction

Working hands are prone to forgetting that they have an unquestionable personal responsibility for the workplace, where they spend about 25% to 30% of their time. A swift reaction confirms our belief that workplace in-charges, such as employers or managers/caretakers, are to be completely or at least largely responsible for all aspects of the workplace.

The majority of us, believe that we are already overburdened or preoccupied with caring for our homes and personal locations in our spare time, and that adding personal care to workplaces is unnecessarily taxing. Personal hygiene and sanitation in the workplace are two such critical areas where only we can help.

Industrial health and well-being are the management’s primary responsibilities, and they are legally obligated to assume full responsibility for keeping safe and healthy workplaces. Any negative effects on health, safety, well-being, the environment, or the local community/society resulting from industry processes/operations/installations must be avoided by the responsible management, but when it comes to personal hygiene, sanitation, and neatness/cleanliness, we must all cooperate and contribute fully. The goal is to keep fit and healthy at all times, including at work.

Personal hygiene and sanitation are important

Hygiene is the practice of keeping one’s self and surroundings clean in order to avoid infection and sickness while remaining healthy and fit. Sanitation refers to measures taken to maintain public health, particularly the supply of safe drinking water and proper sewage disposal.

Sewers must transport filthy waste water and excrement to treatment facilities in their entirety. They should never be spread outside since infection and disease/illness will spread. This is the most basic public and private health issue at home, work, and any other public location. It is our fundamental right to be healthy at all times, and we should strive for it.

Because there are more people to transfer germs and a range of illnesses, spending more time at work makes us more accountable for maintaining adequate hygiene. Employees and employers may both help to keep the workplace clean and sanitary.

A few common measures that can be beneficial

  • Employers can provide healthy drinking water, and in some situations, employees can bring their own bottles.

  • Employers might supply good cleaning items, such as hand sanitizers and tissues, in the restrooms and washrooms. The rules for maintaining and using shared facilities should be clearly defined. Employers must schedule pest control activities on a regular basis. Employees who are sick should not be forced to come to work, as this may endanger other workers. There is also a statutory provision for putting such personnel on quarantine leave.

  • Employees are expected to practice good personal hygiene, such as bathing daily, wearing clean clothes, eating plain and healthy food, keeping clean nails, preventing bad breath, maintaining dental hygiene, washing hands after using the restroom, sneezing, touching anything dirty, keeping workstations clean, and so on.

  • If basic hygiene and sanitation measures are not followed, the workplace may become a breeding ground for germs, rendering it vulnerable to negative health implications. It may cause immediate injury to those working nearby, but it also has the potential to weaken people’s immune systems. Microbes can be found on keyboards, sinks, door handles, dispensers, computer mice, desk phones, and other surfaces. Cleaning the desk area with disinfectant is a good idea. Any uneaten foodstuffs should not be left for long periods of time because they aid microbial growth.

These small steps may appear insignificant, but they have a significant impact on our health and well-being.

Cleanliness, the availability of clean drinking water, sanitation, personal hygiene, a simple diet, a simple way of life, infection prevention – in a nutshell, these simple personal habits and care cost little but mean a lot in terms of keeping us healthy and productive at work and outside of work.