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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