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How to Maintain Good Hygiene in the Workplace

It is always important to maintain good hygiene in the workplace. Simple tips like remembering to always wash your hands and staying home if you are sick, coupled with the courtesy of wearing a mask, will help make your work a healthier and safer place to be.

Wash Your Hands

It is important to sanitize your hands throughout the day. Keep washing your hands thoroughly, lathering with soap and water for 20 straight seconds before rinsing and then drying with a clean paper towel, air dryer, or regular towel. Do your best to keep from shaking hands with others and always wash your hands after using the restroom and taking out trash, and before you eat or drink.

You should also wipe down any surfaces that you or others touch, using effective cleaning supplies. These surfaces in your workplace can, and will, collect germs. Wipe down these surfaces with sanitizing wipes or other cleaning supplies at the start and end of the workday, if not more frequently.

Wear a Mask

Wearing a mask in the workplace is another great way to promote your own health as well as the health of everyone around you. Although it will not be able to protect you perfectly, wearing a face covering will help to limit the spread of any viruses.

Wash your hands before you put on a mask. When in use, the mask should cover both your mouth and nose and fit snugly against the sides of your face. Refrain from touching your mask—if you do, wash your hands again.

Wearing a mask shows respect for those around you and will protect them from coming in contact with your germs. The fabric can block sneezes and coughs. Especially if you are ill—and you could be sick without showing symptoms—wearing a mask will protect your coworkers and clients.

Stay Home if You Feel Sick

Staying at home not only helps you recover faster but also protects others. A sick day is well worth the knowledge you won’t be bringing a virus into work and infecting other staff members. If you have a fever, the CDC recommends you do not return to work until you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours. If you are at work and begin to feel sick, separate yourself from other workers and go home. You’re saving others the danger of catching your bug and needing to take time off, too.

A few simple guidelines will help your workspace become safer and more hygienic for both you and your coworkers. It is important to pay attention to personal sanitation in order to prevent the spread of illness and disease, not just for yourself but for everyone else, too.

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