The Importance Of Hygiene In The Workplace

Washing Hands

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The practice of good hygiene in the workplace is not just a matter of health and safety, but is essential to employee wellbeing. It helps to prevent the spread of germs, keeps you healthy, and generally makes the work site more pleasant for everyone.

A clean environment and a high standard of personal hygiene will not only make you feel good but helps to make a good impression. Here are some of the best tips for maintaining a high level of hygiene standards, in a simple and tactful manner.

Cleanliness Reduces Sickness

The dread when a colleague utters those fateful words: “I think I’m coming down with something!” That something will be yours if you don’t take measures to avoid and prevent the spread of illness. No, not a hazmat suit. Just a few simple precautions…

Wash Your hands

Obvious, but necessary. The spread of germs can be greatly reduced by regularly washing your hands throughout the day, particularly before and after eating and going to the toilet. It’s rule number one when it comes to basic hygiene.

This means scrubbing your hands and fingernails thoroughly with soap and hot water for at least thirty seconds.

It can be a hassle to walk to the bathroom every hour so hand sanitizer is a good investment, especially when it comes to handshaking, using computers or answering the phone. Keep a bottle handy on your desk.


If possible, avoid shaking hands if you feel you may be getting sick -  or if you suspect a colleague is. If that doesn’t work, you can always deploy the hand sanitizer and be sure to catch any sneezes with a tissue. It’s a good idea to keep a tissue box on your desk. And make sure the environment is well ventilated to minimise the spread of airborne germs.

A yearly flu shot is the best way to prevent catching this disease in the workplace.

Clean Environment

If you work with a computer, ensure the area around it is regularly cleaned as studies have found that desks could be harbouring more germs than a toilet seat. With this in mind, it’s probably not the best idea to eat at your desk!

Also, make sure the most germ-ridden areas are regularly cleaned and disinfected. The main offenders are door handles, railings, telephones and keyboards. Keep them sanitised to prevent the spread of germs. It is strongly recommended that a professional cleaning company like Evo cleaning services is hired to keep hygiene up to standard.

Sick Days

Obviously this depends on company policy, but if someone comes to work sick then the entire workplace could catch an avoidable illness. Better to let an employee stay at home than infect the whole work force!

Personal Hygiene

Simple precautions like wearing clean clothes to work everyday can keep you feeling fresh.

Lockers also allow workers to store deodorant and other hygienic items to keep feeling clean and confident. This can create an altogether more comfortable environment.

Keeping clean is also important for health and safety in the workplace. Personal hygiene can prevent the spread of germs and disease, reduce exposure to chemicals, and prevents the development of skin conditions. It’s not just about looking well groomed.

Have you got any other suggestions to help stay hygienic in the workplace? Share in the comments.

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Laura Stone has a Journalism and English degree and is know a freelance journalist. She takes a keen interest in health and hygiene and makes it her business to find the best cleaners north London has ever seen to keep her office spotless.

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