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7 Ways to Improve Office Hygiene and Cleanliness 

7 Ways to Improve Office Hygiene and Cleanliness 
08 April 2021

With businesses already putting plans in place to get people back into the office, ensuring good hygiene practices is paramount in preventing any spread of coronavirus in the workplace. 

To help those heading back to the office, Martin Richards, Director of hygienic technology company Smarti Limited, has listed seven ways in which employers can make their office spaces as hygienic as possible.


1. Mandatory Hand Sanitiser Upon Entry


It’s good practice for everyone to use hand sanitiser when entering or re-entering the office. By placing sanitiser at the entrance of the office and notifying all colleagues and visitors that it’s mandatory to use, this should help promote a culture of self-hygiene in the workplace.


2. Reduce the Number of People Per Desk


Not only does having too many people around one desk make it difficult for working, it’s also a hygiene nightmare. We’re not saying to keep everyone several metres apart at all times, as that’s not a viable long-term solution, but spread people out enough so that they are not frequently coming into direct contact with their colleagues.


3. Increase Washroom Cleaning


Even if workers have good bathroom habits, it doesn’t necessarily mean that these areas are as hygienic as they need to be. Increase the number of times the washrooms are cleaned and also look into technology that reduces the transmission of airborne viruses, such as waterless urinals. Not only will you be improving hygiene, you’ll be reducing your own costs as well as helping the environment.


4. Get a Dishwasher for the Shared Kitchen


There’s always one who leaves the kitchen a mess, with dirty bowls and mugs everywhere. Yes, everyone should clean up after themselves, but why not remove the task altogether by investing in a communal dishwasher? You’ll be sure that everything gets thoroughly cleaned and any nasty bacteria is destroyed.


5. Make Sure Vents are Regularly Cleaned


Many business owners will focus all their efforts on surface cleanliness and completely forget air cleanliness. Make sure that the vents in the windows are cleaned at least every 6 months, as dirt and bacteria that is trapped can affect the air everyone in the office is breathing.


6. Address Problem Areas as Soon as They Arise


If you’ve got a couple of dodgy toilets, or perhaps you’ve noticed things are rather uncleanly, don’t ignore it, whether you’re an employer or employee. Problems won’t go away overnight, so flag it to your manager if something needs attention. If you are the manager, consider creating a reward system whereby any employee that reports a hygiene issue is recognised and rewarded for it.


7. Avoid Cross-Contamination Between Shifts


If you work in an industry with shift patterns, make sure that anything you’ve used is clean enough to pass onto your colleague. It’s something that we’ve all had to get in the habit of with COVID-19, but certainly isn’t something that we should stop. 

Picture: a photograph of a person in gloves cleaning an office desk

Article written by Martin Richards | Published 08 April 2021


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