Keeping your workplace germ-free should be a top concern for employers. Helping prevent the spread of bacteria and germs in the workplace is imperative to having a healthy and productive workforce. A healthy work environment begins with the employees. Encourage cleanliness and hand washing to reduce the spread of bacteria. Click To Tweet
Preventing the Spread of Bacteria at Work
Bacteria are everywhere and an office can be the perfect breeding ground for germs and illness if the proper precautions are not taken. Copiers, computer keyboards, water fountains, and other workspaces can be covered with harmful bacteria, spreading sickness and causing employees to take off time. Here are five helpful tips on how to prevent the spread of bacteria in your workplace.
1) Stay Home When Sick
First and foremost, a sick person does not need to come to work. Staying home when sick helps the ill person heal faster and also stops the spread of germs in the workplace. Make it mandatory for those suffering illness to work from home, or allow sick-time to be made up.
2) Cover Your Mouth
Whether you are sick or not, if you are coughing and sneezing–make sure to cover your mouth! And, make sure you don’t cover your mouth with your hands, either! Use your inner arm or a tissue because if you use your hands, you end up spreading bacteria when you touch something like the phone, the copier, or water fountain.
3) Keep Clean and Sanitized
Always wash your hands and also remember that office equipment needs to be kept clean, too. Employees should have hand sanitizer available, and disinfecting wipes to clean their workstations. Also clean and sanitize any shared workspaces like the bathroom or kitchen, and make sure office equipment gets a thorough wipe down, as well.
4) Keep Your Hands Off Your Face
While working, it is important to avoid touching your face. Touching your mouth, nose, or eyes is a sure way to end up spreading dangerous bacteria. If you touch your nose or cough into your hands and then grab a drink from the water fountain, you are spreading germs and also increase the likelihood of picking up more germs on your hands, as well.
5) Encourage Workplace Health & Education
The number one thing to do to help prevent the spread of bacteria in the workplace is to encourage workplace health and educate employees about germs. Take initiative and take a moment to disinfect and clean up areas that might be prone to harmful bacteria.
Keeping Your Workplace Germ-Free
Of course, it is nearly impossible to eliminate all germs and bad bacteria, but with proper education and cleanliness, you can greatly reduce sickness and the spread of bacteria in the workplace. Another option is to have microbial testing done for the environment and water at your workplace to test against E. Coli, Streptococcus pyogenes, Hemophilus influenza, and other dangerous bacteria that can infiltrate an office.
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