The concept of hygiene all around the world has evolved significantly over the past few months. From hospitals to shopping malls, streets to amusement parks, every facility has had to revisit their cleaning and hygiene policies. When every facility known to mankind is approaching hygiene with a more stringent approach than ever before, why should office buildings lag behind?
Our workplace hygiene policies are extremely important for our wellbeing and the health of those around us. A research conducted at the American Society of Microbiology reveals that a single contaminated doorknob or table top has the potential to spread a virus throughout an office building. What’s more, it takes only two to four hours for it to spread to 40% to 60% of workers, visitors and commonly touched objects.
Ensuring that we achieve the highest standards of cleaning and disinfection requires understanding the science behind surface wiping and cleaning, says Kimberly-Clark Professional. “Objects that are touched by lots of people throughout the day such as door handles and elevator buttons should be cleaned and disinfected frequently in order to break the chain of germ transmission,” says Ahmad Abublan, General Manager (Middle East and North Africa), Kimberly-Clark Professional.
Good hand hygiene lies at the core of all preventive measures we can possibly take to stop the spread of viruses and bacteria. A recent study shows that approximately 50% of workers admitted to having left the washroom without washing their hands due to poor washroom facilities. This can have a direct impact on hygiene behaviour.
Here’s what you can do:
Did you know that within 60 seconds of a toilet being flushed (without cover), the washroom can be covered with bacteria, urine and fecal matter? A proper hygiene policy goes a long way in reducing germ and bacteria build up within the washroom.
Here are a few tips for effective washroom hygiene:
Do you often find people having lunch at their workstations in your office? You’re not alone. Research reveals that approximately 49% of office workers eat at their desks. This is not it. The potential for cross-contamination in common areas remains high as germs from the washroom are spread by contaminated hands and transferred to desks, office equipment and food.
Recommendations for common area hygiene:
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