Every day workers are potentially exposed to contaminants and conditions that can be harmful to their skin, for example detergents, liquids, chemicals, mechanical oils, greases, resins, paints, sealants and even hot and cold conditions. Occupational skin disorders, including work-related eczema, which commonly go unreported, account for 11.2% of all occupational diseases.
Hygiene, and hand hygiene in particular, is vital in the manufacturing sector to ensure public health is protected as well as ensuring product quality. As well as occupational skin disorders, poor hygiene can cause higher levels of absenteeism and shift disruption, increased presenteeism with sick employees attending work and spreading illnesses and damage to reputation and at worst a risk of legal action.
With approximately 80% of common infections being transmitted by touch, it is essential for manufacturing businesses to have good hand hygiene practices.
The washroom is a frequently visited space and tends to be heavy traffic, particularly at peak periods. It should be maintained not just in basic cleanliness but overall hygiene standards to prevent risks of cross contamination and transmission of diseases among employees and users. Rising complaints of an uninviting and unpleasant washroom could also reduce the moral and engagement of the staff.
Do you know? A single hand can have a population count of over 200 million bacteria per square inch, and we can easily transmit disease through close contact with people, contact via contaminated hands or surfaces and adopting poor washroom habits and hygiene.
When customers or suppliers arrive at a facility, the reception is often their first point of contact and an important reflection of your company. Ensure they are welcomed into a clean and hygienic environment which will reflect well on the hygiene standards of your factory facility. High-touch surfaces such as reception counters and door handles harbour bacteria which can cause skin infections, food poisoning and respiratory diseases.
Germs can be easily spread through food handling and consumption. Where productivity and ensuring robust operation in a manufacturing business, health & safety, and the general well being of employees are a top priority.
Germs can remain on surfaces for up to 48 hours and can increase the risks of cross contamination from surface to hands. Ensure thorough cleaning regime is in place, provide adequate handwash stations and hand sanitisers for the production line users.
A recent study by Initial found that 49% of office workers sometimes or always eat at their desks. The potential for cross-contamination is high as germs from the washroom are spread by contaminated hands and transferred to desks, office equipment and food.
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