In this critical period of time, we need to ensure the right follow up of safety and health procedures in all the places we attend and at all times. As we resume our job duties in the workplace again, implementation of the highest standards of sterilization and hygiene will become our first priority in order to preserve the safety of employees and visitors and to maintain our own safety and health as well. What are these standards and procedures, and how do we apply them? In this article, you will find all the important information you need to create a comfortable, sterile, and safe workplace!
Workplace hygiene can be divided into 4 sections: office hygiene, restroom hygiene, kitchen hygiene, and personal hygiene. The following are the most important procedures that employers must follow:
- Regular cleaning and sterilization of the workplace, including our offices, desks, floors, toilets, etc.
- Providing basic hygiene and sterilization materials for employees, such as hand sanitizers, tissue paper, soap, and others.
- Informing all employees of the rules of hygiene followed and reminding them of their importance regularly and repeatedly.
As for the standards and procedures for personal hygiene in the workplace, they are as follows:
Much of the responsibility in applying standards that protect against the virus lies on us. There are many steps and procedures that we must adhere to protect ourselves and those around us. And following them will help us work better and more comfortably, away from the stress and anxiety caused by thinking about the risk of infection:
- Avoid touching your face.
- Throw tissue papers in a closed trash can.
- Sterilize all the screens regularly, such as the mobile screen and the computer screen, in addition to sterilizing the keyboard and mouse.
- Wash hands regularly and using the advised way to include the wrist and the area between the fingers.
- Avoid shaking hands and keep an appropriate distance between you and your colleagues, especially during meeting times.
- Make sure to open the windows and ventilate the place regularly, as the Coronavirus stays in the air for several hours.
- Make sure to read the safety and health regulations that are announced in your country.
- Maintain your health to boost your immunity, you can achieve that by eating sufficient quantities of fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, sleeping for sufficient and regular hours, drinking enough quantities of water daily (2-3 liters), and others.
- Follow the etiquette of coughing and sneezing, and use tissue paper for that.
- Regularly wash your dishes and cups.
- If you feel that you are suffering from any symptoms of respiratory disease or an elevation in your body temperature (higher than 37.8° C), you should stay at home and see a doctor if necessary.