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How to promote good workplace hygiene

If you’re a business owner or simply want to improve circumstances inside your organization, keeping your workplace safe and sanitary is a big priority, and this is especially true in light of the current global coronavirus outbreak. This post will look at some simple ways to accomplish this.

Workplace health and safety is a concern for both employers and employees. In any profession, employers must take care of their employees’ health.


Remembering the fundamental principles

A bathroom in the workplace is one of the most likely sites for bacteria to thrive and viruses to spread. According to research from top laboratories across the world, there can be up to 150 distinct species of bacteria that can live on toilet surfaces alone. It just takes around 2 hours for these viruses to spread throughout a restroom, which is very alarming when you think about it!

Taking precautions to avoid the spread of bacteria is essential for businesses to keep their employees safe and the firm running smoothly—but health is the most important aspect.


How to motivate your employees to maintain good hygiene

It may seem weird that people do not consider such a habit, but this is how germs spread at such an alarming rate. A cleaning firm can only do so much to keep bathrooms as clean as possible, but employees also bear a significant amount of responsibility.

People, believe it or not, do not always wash their hands after using the restroom. They could be hurrying to make a crucial phone call or for any other sensible (if unhealthy) purpose. Here are some ideas for motivating staff to help reduce the danger of infection or contamination.


Simple indications

1 or 2 obvious signs (one near the sink and one on the wall) respectfully urging staff to “Please wash your hands.” This may appear to be an insult, but just that simple reminder may cause an employee to pause before rushing back to their desk, potentially carrying germs or leaving germs on surfaces around the restroom, ready to proliferate.

Another excellent suggestion for improving employee hygiene is to place other signage within the toilet cubicles themselves, if possible. “Please close lid before flushing” is an excellent sign to use since it prevents bacteria from being “aerosolised,” or transferred into the air to infect other toilet surfaces or areas. Although it may appear far-fetched, the type of bacteria disseminated is one of the leading causes of diarrhoea-related disorders.


Provide soap

Soaps from “hands-free soap dispensers” or “touch-free soap dispensers” are the best to use. These are far more sanitary than “pump style” dispensers because you don’t have to touch anything with your hand to release the soap.

This way, you don’t have to get the dispenser dirty or pick up germs on your hands from prior users. To be honest, it’s a hygiene winner. These are now considerably more complex than before, operating using technologies such as infrared sensors. It’s a quick and easy way to dispense the right amount of soap or sanitizer.


Hand drying that is sanitary

Roller towels and paper towels should be a thing of the past! Consider the options available at a business restroom, and you may be able to find some drawbacks to each of them. A professional hand dryer, on the other hand, has to be the most hygienic.



In the office, there is never enough hand sanitizer. Some soap dispensers include a sanitiser in the liquid soap, but if this is not the case, providing sanitisers will encourage employees to use them—almost a psychological trick.

Seeing a hand sanitizer will make employees reconsider leaving the restroom. It is also a good idea to place a sanitiser outside the bathroom—it serves as a reminder and is handy for others passing by.