Now more than ever, it is important for employees to use hand sanitizer in the workplace. Throughout a workday, an employee may come in contact with surfaces that contain contaminants, harmful viruses, or bacteria. Becoming ill in today’s workplace can cause a loss of productivity and endanger others. The majority of infections in the workplace occur as a result of touching your hands to your face. This makes it crucial to have a safety program that puts emphasis on hand hygiene. Using soap and water and scrubbing for 20 seconds is the recommended way to clean your hands, but there are times when soap and water may not be feasible or available. The alternative to washing your hands is using hand sanitizer. Employees should be using sanitizer if a hand washing station is not available.
When developing a good hand washing educational program, the right sanitizer must be used. Sanitizers that contain at least 70% alcohol are the best and should be the first choice of employers and businesses. The higher the alcohol content, the more effective the hand sanitizer.. Consider using sanitizers that are free of dye and perfume. An exciting new hand sanitizer offered by our practice is our SalujaMD Essential Hand Sanitizer. Our Essential Hand Sanitizer was thoughtfully created with a custom blend of essential oils to not only keep you safe, but to feel and smell good while doing it. This is the newest product to join Dr. Saluja’s comprehensive natural skin care line.
The use of hand sanitizer will help to create healthier workers. Employers who encourage their workers to use an alcohol based sanitizer frequently during the workday show fewer signs of illness and fewer sick days. The best way to get employees to use hand sanitizer is to have it in a convenient location. It needs to be always in sight and accessible. Examples of accessible locations include:
Entrances and Exits: Doorknobs and handles are some of the worst culprits when it comes to spreading germs. Having a sanitizing station near the entrance and exit doors will prevent the spread of germs exponentially in the workplace.
Cafeterias and Break rooms: Food should not be consumed with soiled hands. The breakroom can be one of the most germ infested hotspots in an office. Hand sanitizer is definitely not a replacement for washing hands before preparing food, but it is useful prior to eating or touching any shared surfaces such as microwaves, refrigerators and cabinets.
High Traffic Areas: High traffic areas like hallways should also be staged with sanitizers. Anyone visiting or walking the hallway should be able to access the sanitizer.
As you can see, providing hand sanitizer is essential to maintaining a healthy workplace. Get more information by calling or visiting our office in the Suntree and Viera area of Melbourne.
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