When you have a job that involves considerable time commuting to and fro from your home as well as a time commitment of at least eight hours on a daily basis, good hygiene in the workplace becomes very important. You spend a great deal of time at work and in work-related activities, which means that you need to ensure that you stay away from germs and other causative factors of different illnesses as much as possible. After all, chances are that if you are going to catch an illness, it would most probably be from someone in your workplace! This means it is also important to take responsibility for our own personal hygiene so that others in our workplace are not inconvenienced in any way because of us.

One of the most common illnesses, the common cold, is spread easily through germs that can linger around in surfaces that are commonly touched, either during your commute to work or in the workplace itself. With mounting work pressure, people are also more inclined to come to work even if they have a cold or other minor illnesses, which makes it even more crucial to maintain good hygiene in the workplace.

Here at Swinburne Housing we collaborate with other Derbyshire care services to provide high standards of assistance and care to people with complex mental health needs. Workplace hygiene is an important part of keeping oneself healthy and active at all times. Over the past 30 years Swinburne Housing has been very successful in guiding our staff to understand the importance of good hygiene in the workplace, which although seems rather simple, is vitally important to providing top quality mental health care.

Here are the things you can do to take care of your personal hygiene when in the workplace:
●    Regularly wash hands with soap and water before and after food preparation or before and after eating food.
●    Also wash hands thoroughly after coughing or sneezing.
●    Ensure hands are washed meticulously after going to the toilet.
●    If you have a cough, cold, or flu, ensure that you cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze to prevent germs from being spread to others, especially in cramped and crowded areas.
●    Keep a hand sanitiser with you at all times and use it after you have touched any surface that is heavily touched by others, especially if there is a flu or cold doing the rounds at work.
●    Clean your keyboard, mouse, and work areas regularly using a disinfectant wipe. Also avoid spilling anything on your laptop or computer keyboard that will be difficult to clean up, such as food or drinks, as this can be a breeding ground for germs.

Following these simple steps will ensure that workplace hygiene is maintained at all times.