How Can You Boost the Occupational Hygiene in the Workplace?
Occupational health and safety officers are always looking at ways in which to make workspaces more hygienic and safer for everyone involved. The goal of management is always to prevent accidental and preventable exposures caused by ingesting or inhaling hazardous substances. To this end, we’ve compiled a few tips on how to boost the occupational hygiene in the workplace.
By spreading awareness, rather than germs, management can educate their teams about working with hazardous substances and exposures that may be caused by unintentional cross-contamination. Let’s take a look at ways in which you can start improving your company’s occupational hygiene right now.
#1 Eat, Drink, and Smoke in Designated Areas
This is an important tip. When touring many South African office spaces and facilities, it’s common to see employees eating and drinking throughout the work area. Tiny amounts of hazardous substances or materials might be present in areas that aren’t usually designated for eating facilities. Employees should also always wash their hands before eating, drinking, or smoking if they’ve been handling hazardous materials.
#2 Keep Work Attire in Good Condition and Hygienic
Tears and holes in clothes allow hazardous materials to get inside the clothes, and ultimately on the skin. This increases the likelihood that employees are exposed to hazardous substances. Keep uniforms or work attire in good condition, and make sure it’s clean.
#3 Teach Employees the Protocol of Dealing with Accidents
Should employees splash hazardous materials on their skin, eyes, or clothing, teach them the proper protocol to follow. Wash the area promptly, in a proper manner. This should be done even if there aren’t any apparent symptoms.
Invest in Your Occupational Hygiene Programme
Deploying an occupational health and safety programme is required of all responsible business owners and management teams. This is not only because it’s good business practice to provide your team with acceptable safety standards and occupational hygiene in the workplace, but it’s also required by law. We have been helping businesses across the continent to provide the highest standards of occupational hygiene to their employees. Our focus has been on consulting in terms of physical, chemical, ergonomic, and biological stressors in the workplace.
Throughout our long history of excellent service, we have garnered a loyal customer following over the years. This is attested to by our high levels of return business, and word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied clients. Our team of dedicated industry professionals brings with them a lifetime of experience in occupational health and safety, and we remain committed to helping keep South Africa’s employees safer while on the job.
We provide affordable and accessible occupational hygiene solutions to all industries, large or small. By doing so, we aim to affect a change in culture in mining and industry with regards to compliance and awareness of occupational health and safety standards. Contact us to learn more about our company, and how we can help you boost occupational hygiene in the workplace. Our team is always at hand to provide you with the information needed to make an informed business decision, and we look forward to working with you.