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May 2022

Bacteria hot spots that lead to bad odours

Written by Bakang Kganyago
Workplace Hygiene

This blog we provide an infographic that illustrates the bacteria hot spots that can lead to bad odours in the workplace.

The importance of a healthy workforce

We have mentioned many times the importance of good office hygiene, often highlighting how the absence of good hygiene practices in the workplace can lead to increased absenteeism. For more details, read our blog “Your office is losing 100’s of days a year to absenteeism: what can you do about it?” where we note that according to Occupational Care South Africa (OCSA), absenteeism costs the South African economy around R12 - R16 billion per year.

However, knowing the importance of good office hygiene is just the first step. The next step is identifying those hygiene hotspots in the office that contribute to the proliferation of harmful bacteria which lead to odour, as well as to illness and reduction in staff morale.

Below is an infographic to remind you of the common office bacteria hotspots you should be aware of as an office manager, in order to encourage good office and workplace hygiene:

Bacteria hot spots in the office Infographic

These may seem simple but when we get busy at work these small things often get overlooked until they become a big issue. I’d advise taking the necessary steps to mitigate these bacteria hotspots before they become a real problem, and keep your staff healthy and happy.

To encourage your employees to remain hygienic at work, download our free Office Hygiene posters. Print them and display them all over the workplace to keep hygiene top of mind amongst colleagues - especially those colleagues who have just returned to the office after working at home for an expended period. Who knows what bad habits may have crept in whilst working from home!

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Looking for professional advice on how to ensure your business is hygienic for your staff and customers? Contact our team about booking a free Hygiene Survey of your premises. As part of our service, we conduct a professional hygiene survey of your premises which allows us to identify:

  • Risk areas within your premises
  • Which hygiene measures are required
  • The correct service package for your needs

Book a free hygiene survey from Initial Hygiene - experts in hygiene

Bakang Kganyago

Bakang Kganyago

Bakang is a Digital Marketing Executive for Rentokil Initial. A germaphobe at heart, he's passionate about learning and sharing insights on how to defeat the enemy we cannot see. Join his journey as he writes about the impact of germs in our daily lives.

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