What employers should know

Key hygiene measures in companies


There is a lot that we can do to prevent the spread of sickness in the workplace. It all starts with having good hygiene practices that are followed by staff.

This article outlines the key workplace hygiene guidelines and gives tips on how to motivate your staff to observe these. We’d like to start with a reminder of the benefits of good hygiene in the workplace.

What are the benefits of good hygiene?

  • Healthy and productive staff
  • Fewer sick days
  • Higher productivity
  • More revenue and lower costs

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What is the difference between company hygiene and personal hygiene?

Company hygiene

Company hygiene refers to the cleanliness of the company premises as a whole as well as of individual workstations and tools. This is the responsibility of the company’s senior management. Wherever there are a lot of people in the same space, such as in production halls and offices, there is a higher risk that germs and viruses will spread. To avoid this, we recommend putting in place the following hygiene regulations and ensuring that they are strictly observed. These three key measures for good company hygiene should be initiated by company management and implemented consistently.

Personal hygiene

Personal hygiene refers to all steps taken by staff to keep themselves and their work clothes clean. To ensure a clean work environment, hygiene needs to be taken seriously by both management and the workforce. The following four rules must be observed by all members of staff. The company management can help in various ways, such as by putting up signs and offering training sessions.

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How can you motivate your staff to comply with hygiene standards?

Explaining the “why”

Your staff are more likely to observe hygiene rules if they understand the reasons behind them, which may not always be obvious. Explain how poor hygiene can affect not just individuals but the company as a whole, and how everyone can do their bit to prevent the spread of disease.

2. Make it as easy as possible

New ways of behaving, such as regular hand-washing, only become a habit when they are straightforward. This means always having enough soap and paper towels in the bathrooms so that everyone can wash and dry their hands properly. If the nearest bathroom is too far away, provide hand sanitising stations so that staff can disinfect their hands regularly.

3. Regular reminders

Your company’s hygiene rules need to be easy for people to remember. Visual aids such as strategically placed posters and signs provide your employees with a constant reminder of the most important rules. You can also send out regular emails on the subject and run training sessions.

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