Clean Your Hands – The Importance of Office Hygiene

It’s official – the open plan office is a breeding ground for germs and viruses. With cases of illness and flu becoming more prominent at this time of year, Save Lives: Clean Your Hands Day provides a good opportunity to educate the workforce on the importance of hygiene in the workplace.

So what is the best way to help curb the likeliness of illness taking over the office? According to Bob Best, lead at JLL’s Health, Safety, Security & Environmental division, companies can ensure the workplace is safer for employees through “smart office design, cleaning procedures and education campaigns”. Businesses are also being encouraged to implement smart new technology such as no-touch devices and more effective heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems within building premises.

Germs in the Office

Some statistics evidencing why businesses and employees need to make better effort to maintain workplace hygiene are staggering, revealing that:

  • 73% of employees reported they have caught an illness after a colleague showed up whilst ill
  • A working adult touches up to 30 objects per minute that could be contaminated with infectious diseases
  • Germs in the workplace can last on surfaces for up to 72 hours
  • 80% of all common infections are transmitted by touch.
  • The average computer keyboard can contain up to 7,500 amounts of bacteria
  • Work desks have been known to be up to 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat or bathroom

Providing the Prevention

Whilst these statistics are perhaps both shocking and surprising, businesses should be looking to both lessen and cut out the spread of harmful bacteria in the workplace environment through a number of preventive measures. One of the more technological ways of dealing with the spread of germs is incorporating no-touch technology. Business can install electronic-sensor enabled waste bins, paper towel dispensers and hand sanitizing units eliminating the possibilities of viruses spreading through touch when in the office.

More simple changes such as working with a facilities specialist in order to achieve a more ideal ventilation rate within building premises are also good ways to prevent the cause of most bacteria spreading. Employees should also be encouraged to self manage their desk hygiene too – providing them with surface cleaning wipes, disinfectant wipes and personal hand sanitizers are likely to get staff thinking more about their part to play in keeping the germs at bay.

The Post Office Shop contains a wide range of Cleaning and Janitorial products like the ones we’ve mentioned above that are designed for keeping both businesses and homes clean, along with a whole host of other Facilities Supplies to make sure the workplace continues to tick over.

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