Workplace hygiene is crucial to preventing the spread of viruses

As more businesses reopen and more people return to work, it is more important than ever to make sure that your workplace has a high standard of hygiene.

In fact, creating a safe and hygienic workplace should be a top priority, as your employees will be less likely to become ill at work in clean and hygienic conditions. Having a clear hygiene policy in place and investing in good disinfecting technology is the best way to keep your workers, contractors, and customers safe.

How does workplace hygiene prevent the spread of viruses?

If a workplace has poor hygiene practices, it creates the ideal conditions for bacteria, viruses, and mould to breed and spread. One of the ways in which viruses such as Coronaviruses are spread is when people come into contact with tiny particles in the air and on surfaces, which are created when staff and customers breathe, talk, cough, or sneeze and which can stay active for hours.

What’s more, once these pathogens have been created, if you do not thoroughly disinfect surfaces like desks, computer equipment, phones, and tables, then these viruses and bacteria can be spread from worker to worker.

If you have an HVAC system in your workplace, the airflow can move these airborne droplets around your entire work environment, which then significantly increases the likelihood of transmission.

Many businesses have been advising proper hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds as a measure of hygiene, but this can only go so far.

Offices and other workplaces need far more advanced cleaning methods in order to protect staff and customers.

Good and thorough workplace hygiene can prevent the breeding and transmission of viruses, bacteria, and mould.

How can you improve workplace hygiene?

There are a few ways in which businesses can improve office hygiene. These include:

  • Investing in good disinfecting technology – UV technology is one of the most effective ways of disinfecting an entire workplace safely, quickly, and easily. The UV light penetrates the cell wall of viruses, bacteria, and mould and shatters their DNA, which then destroys the particle from the inside out. BSG’s UV + Plasma technology has been scientifically proven to destroy 99.999% of respiratory flu-type viruses in less than 0.44 seconds in air.
  • Implementing a hygiene policy – A written hygiene policy provided to all members of staff helps to inform them of the required and expected standards of a clean workplace. It serves as a good reminder of hygiene practices.
  • Providing regular cleaning – Regular cleaning prevents the spread of bacteria and viruses and protects staff and customers. Cleaning staff should pay more attention to high traffic areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Providing cleaning and disinfecting equipment – Providing your staff with essential cleaning items like soap, sanitiser, tissues, wipes, etc helps them maintain a hygienic environment, although it is not a very effective solution for surface disinfection.

Which hygiene technology is most effective?

UV light is one of the most effective and reliable forms of disinfection technology available. This is because it has the power to get inside and shatter the DNA of viruses, bacteria, and mould, killing them almost instantly.

BSG’s cutting-edge UV disinfection technology has been proven to provide effective disinfection in spaces such as offices, restaurants, transport settings, universities, and more. To find out more about how BSG’s technology can help improve your workplace hygiene and create a safer, happier, and more productive work environment, please get in touch with one of our team today.

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