Becoming Hygienic At Work
You can help your employees’ safety and health by incorporating industrial hygiene principles into your planning process.
Personal hygiene at work can be a sensitive subject and it can be difficult to encourage people to improve their habits.
Managers from all functions need to be able and willing to work with industrial hygiene experts. Even if they are not your direct supervisors, these principles will help you incorporate safety and health concerns related to industrial hygiene into the design and management process. These principles can be incorporated early in the planning process to help you identify potential issues before they escalate. This will ensure that your employees are safe and healthy and your company is protected from potential liability and risk.
Four Key Components of Industrial Hygiene
Ergonomics Ergonomics (the study and analysis of people at work) aims to reduce stress and prevent injuries from repetitive tasks, bad postures, overuse of muscles and repetitive tasks. Proper ergonomics can help to prevent tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and lower back injuries. It is important to include workers in an ergonomics meeting to ensure that tasks are appropriate for the worker and any issues are brought up and discussed. Workers should also be properly trained on how to lift boxes correctly. You can improve ergonomics by changing the keyboards and chairs used in offices, adding tools to simplify repetitive tasks or limiting the time spent on certain jobs.
Indoor air quality Indoor air quality can be affected by many factors. These include pollution from machinery or tools within the building, pollution from highways outside the building, and dusts from mechanical processes or gasses. Poor air quality can lead to everything from severe headaches, nausea, chronic coughs, and nausea. It is essential to have proper ventilation. An HVAC system can filter out contaminants.
Chemical exposure Chemical hazards come in many forms. They can be inhaled, inhaled, or ingested into the body of workers. Pesticides, gasoline, and cleaning products are all potential hazards. Although many chemicals are safe in small amounts, some chemicals can cause reactions in sensitive individuals. Most chemicals can also cause side effects if taken in high doses. Ventilation, hygiene, such as hand washing, can help reduce chemical absorbed through the skin. Also, equipment maintenance is important to avoid leakage and malfunctions.
Noise The long-term effects of noise exposure – both unwanted and desired sound – can cause hearing loss in workers. There are many ways to address noise issues, including creating a facility that minimises noise, separating workers from noisy machinery, and using devices such as earplugs or muffs to protect workers.
The impact of poor hygiene at work
Germs can be spread in many ways. From sneezing with no tissue to leaving coffee cups unwashed to leaving them on the table, people can spread germs. Equipment and shared spaces may soon have high levels of harmful bacteria.
Poor hygiene levels can lead to a decrease in focus and a negative outlook. This can impact productivity and morale.
Untidy or dirty offices can also put off potential employees and clients. When they enter your office, people get a quick glimpse into the culture of your company. Bad first impressions are not good for anyone.
9 ways to combat unhealthy work environments
1. Know the Law
2. Set Expectations
3. Make it easy
4. Explain Your Reasons
5. Use Suggestive Questions with Unhygienic Employees
6. Do not avoid difficult conversations
7. You can take lunch breaks away from your desk.
8. Avoid Presenteeism
9. Keep It Clean Together
With Covid19 and many other workplace sicknesses, you come in contact with millions upon millions of viruses and germs every day. These germs can live on your body for a long time and may even make you sick. You and your family can prevent illness by practicing good hygiene habits. These practices can help you feel better about yourself.
Find out why hygiene is so important and the best ways to do it. Also, learn how to change your habits to feel better and safer. If you would like more information on training for employees contact our team. We can tailor our sessions to cater for your needs.