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September 2017

5 ways to keep your office space hygienic

Written by Lemay Rogers
Workplace Hygiene

Looking for ways to keep your office space hygienic? Here's some tips and habits that'll help you keep your office equipment clean and germ-free.

If you are subscribed to our blog you will know by now that we are passionate about hygiene. For most, hygiene is about staying healthy and productive but you also don’t want to take your workplace germs home to your family.

Here is a roundup of top workplace hygiene tips from the past month’s articles:

1. Make a habit of handwashing

Even though you wash your hands on a regular basis there is no guarantee that your colleagues are doing the same. In the article “5 reasons you should make a habit of handwashing” it is evident that cross contamination is a real concern in the workplace. It is important to educate your colleagues on the importance of handwashing and the impact of cross contamination.

DID YOU KNOW: 15 October is Global Handwashing Day, an annual opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of proper handwashing habits to help prevent the spread of infection and reduce sickness.

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2. Sanitise office hot spots regularly

“The unhygienic corners of your office” has a great infographic of germ hot spots in the office. These hot spots include door handles, the office printer, shared equipment, your desk and the kitchen kettle. It is important to educate your daily cleaners on how to clean and sanitise these surfaces. It is recommended to enlist the services of a hygiene company on a quarterly or half yearly basis to sanitise computer equipment, telephones and printers as this equipment is tricky to maintain.

Not convinced it's necessary? Watch the video featured on “5 ways to keep your laptop clean”.

3. Ensure there is good airflow

Air quality is something we take for granted in our office environment. What we don’t realise is that poor air quality leads to fatigue and increases your risk of picking up airborne germs. Both of these risks can cause illness and negatively influence productivity. In “7 workplace mistakes you're making that are making you sick” we looked at air quality as a risk factor of illness. Remember to open windows and add office plants were possible to improve air quality.

4. Keep your kitchen clean

In offices, where we generally have communal kitchens, we need to be aware of how our actions impact others. It’s not only about cleaning up after yourself and restraining yourself from tucking into your colleague’s amazing lunch; you need to look at habits that could spread germs in the workplace.

In “7 most common office germs (and how you catch them)” we look at surface sanitising, the separation of raw and cooked foods, hand washing and food storage as ways to minimise cross contamination in your office. 

5. Ensure that your office water coolers are serviced properly

In the article “Did you know: your office's water cooler could be making you ill?” we explored how hygienic your water cooler is, and to pay special attention to your supplier’s cleaning regime. It’s important that the unit, tap and reservoir are cleaned and sanitised regularly.

I hope that this quick refresh has inspired you to maintain hygiene in your office environment. Why not download our hand hygiene posters to use in your office to promote good hygiene practices.

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Lemay Rogers

Lemay Rogers

Lémay Rogers is the Marketing Manager for Rentokil Initial. When not contributing to the Initial blog, she is the custodian of all things Marketing for Rentokil Initial South Africa, and supports the Sub-Saharan African businesses. As a frequent traveller AND mother of a toddler, she is all too aware of how easily germs can travel with us, from one location to another and then back to our homes. Follow Lémay on Twitter and LinkedIn for practical advice on good hygiene practices, both at home and in the workplace.

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