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Personal Hygiene & Cleanliness in the Workplace

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Ahmed Haneef

on 20 February 2014

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Transcript of Personal Hygiene & Cleanliness in the Workplace

Personal Hygiene & Cleanliness in the Workplace
Next to tidiness, cleanliness is one of the most essential elements in maintaining a healthy, safe work environment.

Not only does a clean workplace reflect the professionalism of a company and help motivate employees, it also promotes healthy workers as a clean environment prevents accidents and the spread of illnesses.

Personal hygiene plays a key role in how attentive individuals are to cleaning their environment as well as what effort they put forward to prevent their work area from becoming dirty in the first.

With epidemics like flu's, it should be clear that hand washing and other personal cleaning habits help keep shared work areas free of germs and filth.
Each employee should be responsible for keeping his or her individual work area clean.

Cleaning does take time away from work. This is why employees should try to clean as they go, because this method takes less time and can be done during small breaks in activities, if need be.

Granted, compulsively cleaning can hinder work performance, but cleaning during work, when practical, can help reduce filth in individual work areas, if all employees pay a little more attention to cleaning.

Furthermore, it is necessary for all employees to share in keeping common work areas clean. Common areas are the responsibilities of everyone and everyone can help clean up their mess.

Cluttered Desk
Hair on Office Floor is not a pretty sight
Clean after you Eat
Maintaining Personal Hygiene in the Workplace
Workplace hygiene is a problem for many people.
Types of Workplace Hazards
Report hazards immediately!

Everyone in a workplace shares responsibility for ensuring that their work environment is safe and healthy.

Some hazards pose an immediate danger and others take a longer time to become apparent.

But both types of hazards must be fixed.

If you are aware of a hazard in your workplace, you should report it promptly to your supervisor, employer or health and safety representative.

Once a hazard has been identified, your employer and/or supervisor has a duty to assess the problem and eliminate any hazard that could injure workers.

Maintaining a clean, work environment is the responsibility of everybody.

By decreasing the need to clean and employees cleaning as they work, this goal can be met.

Although custodians are paid to clean up a work area at the end of the day, they can only do so much in so much time while an unclean work environment affects business operations all day long.
Employers have a responsibility to protect workers against health and safety hazards at work.

Workers have the right to know about potential hazards and to refuse work that they believe is dangerous. Workers also have a responsibility to work safely with hazardous materials.

Health and safety hazards exist in every workplace. Some are easily identified and corrected, while others create extremely dangerous situations that could be a threat to your life or long-term health.

The best way to protect yourself is to learn to recognize and prevent hazards in your workplace.
Whether they are short on time or simply forget, many people go to work without being well-groomed or performing basic hygiene routines.
This can lead to embarrassing situations in front of colleagues and clients.
To ensure you always maintain your personal hygiene at work, there are several things you can do.
7 - Wash your hands thoroughly after each restroom visit.

To prevent contaminating your hands again on the way out of the restroom, open the door with a paper towel and dispose of it at your work station or a nearby trashcan.
1 - Regularly wash and cut your hair to keep a neat appearance.
4 - Wear deodorant or antiperspirant daily if you tend to sweat.

Some people can actually get away with not wearing deodorant, but most people benefit greatly from it.
5 - Keep hand sanitizer and facial tissues near your work desk or in your pocket.

Sanitizer and tissues will come in handy when you're ill and can also prevent the spread of germs resulting from touching dirty items, such as money and computer keyboards.
6 - Trim your nails regularly.

Trimmed nails will allow you to keep your hands much cleaner, and prevent the spread of germs to the food you handle.
2 - Visit the dentist at least once a year -- twice a year is optimal.

Though you may brush and even floss your teeth daily, your dentist will be able to diagnose and correct any oral health issues you have.
3 - Bathe every day before work, or every night before you go to sleep.
Tips & Warnings
Avoid wearing too much perfume or cologne.

Though it may smell nice to you, it may irritate the allergies of people working near you.

To ensure you do not offend, spritz a bit of your preferred fragrance in front of you and then walk through it, as opposed to putting it directly onto your skin.
How to Maintain a Clean Work Environment
Workplace Hazards
PHYSICAL HAZARDS are the most common hazards and are present in most workplaces at some time.

Examples include: frayed electrical cords, unguarded machinery, exposed moving parts, constant loud noise, vibrations, working from ladders, scaffolding or heights, spills, tripping hazards.
Ergonomic hazards occur when the type of work you do, your body position and/or your working conditions put a strain on your body.

They are difficult to identify because you don’t immediately recognize the harm they are doing to your health.

Examples include: poor lighting, improperly adjusted workstations and chairs, frequent lifting, repetitive or awkward movements.
Chemical hazards are present when you are exposed to any chemical preparation (solid, liquid or gas) in the workplace.

Examples include: cleaning products and solvents, vapors and fumes, carbon monoxide or other gases, gasoline or other flammable materials.
Biological hazards come from working with people, animals or infectious plant material.

Examples include: blood or other bodily fluids, bacteria and viruses, insect bites, animal and bird droppings.
Using machinery or tools without authority
Operating at unsafe speeds or in violation of safe work practices
Removing or disabling guards or other safety devices on machinery or equipment
Using defective tools or equipment or using tools or equipment in unsafe ways
Using hands or body instead of tools or push sticks
Overloading, crowding or failing to balance materials or handling materials in other unsafe ways, including improper lifting
Examples of unsafe work practices commonly found in the workplace:
Examples of unsafe work practices commonly found in the workplace:
Repairing or adjusting equipment that is in motion, under pressure, or electrically charged
Failing to use and/or maintain, or improperly using personal protective equipment or safety devices
Creating unsafe, unsanitary or unhealthy conditions by improper personal hygiene, poor workplace maintenance or by smoking in unauthorized areas. Learn how to avoid carrying hazardous substances home with you.
Standing or working under suspended loads, scaffolds, shafts, or open hatches
Regular workplace inspections are another important factor in preventing injuries and illnesses.

By critically examining all aspects of the workplace, inspections identify and record hazards that must be addressed and corrected.
Workplace inspections prevent hazards
A workplace inspection should include:
Listening to the concerns of workers and supervisors
Gaining further understanding of jobs and tasks
Identifying existing and potential hazards
Determining underlying causes of hazards
Monitoring hazard controls (personal protective equipment, engineering controls, policies, procedures)
Recommending corrective action
Nobody likes a Dirty Toilet

Preventing messes, as well as cleaning them up, helps create a safe, healthy workplace and this is the responsibility of all employees from executives to janitors.
If you have facial hair, you can save money by maintaining it yourself at home with a set of quality clippers.
Such issues can lead to bad breath, and some can cause serious health problems.
Bathing will not only cleanse your skin and keep it looking more healthy and attractive, but it will also help cleanse your body of odors.

Simply smearing on perfume or aftershave does not help cover up body odor, and can in fact exaggerate it.
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