Essential Hygiene Practices

Essential Hygiene Practices

Essential practices to reduce the spread of infections.

Essential ways you can slow down or reduce the spread of infections include:

  • Frequently wash hands and use a hand sanitiser inbetween
  • Stay home if you are sick (so you do not spread the illness to other people) and see your GP
  • Turn away from others if you cough and sneeze and use a tissue or your arm, not your hand
  • Use single-use tissues and dispose of the tissue immediately
  • Wash your hands immediately after coughing, sneezing or using tissues
  • Use an essential oil diffuser to combat germs
  • Use an antiseptic surface spray on frequent touch surfaces including phones, keyboards, taps, door handles
  • If working with children, have them play with hard surface toys that can be easily cleaned
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth (viruses can transfer from your hands and into the body)
  • Do not share cups, glasses, dishes or cutlery

An infection control plan in your workplace needs to include:

  • The provision of clean hand washing facilities
  • Offering alcohol-based hand sanitizers when regular facilities are not available (or to people on the road)
  • Providing and encouraging the use of tissues
  • Do not share cups, glasses, dishes and cutlery. Dishes need to be washed in soap and water after use
  • Removing magazines and papers from waiting areas or common rooms (e.g. tea rooms and kitchens)
  • Cleaning your workstation or other areas where a person is suspected or identified with an infection
  • Making sure ventilation systems work properly

Special handling of linen or waste contaminated with secretions from persons thought to be or who are sick is also required.

Social distancing is a key factor to reduce the spread of infection and applies to crowded places, large gatherings or having close contact with a group of people. In these situations, viruses can easily spread from person to person. A distance of one to two metres will slow the spread of a disease, with more distance being more effective.

Steps to follow include:

  • Allow employees to work from home, or to work flexible hours to avoid crowding the workplace
  • Use phone, video conferencing or the internet to conduct as much business as possible
  • Postpone travel, meetings, workshops that are not absolutely necessary
  • Drive, walk, or cycle to work and avoid public transport wherever possible
  • Spend as little time as possible in tearooms or photocopy centres
  • When meetings are necessary, have the meeting in a larger room where people can sit with more space between them
  • Avoid shaking hands or hugging

These essential hygience practices will reduce the risk of spreading viruses and infections.

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