Everyone has a role in making sure the area where they work remains as safe as possible to prevent the transmission of illnesses. Reducing the risk of exposure to coronavirus by maintaining a high standard for personal hygiene is a critical component of ensuring that work can continue safely.
To reduce the risk of transmission of infectious disease, like the coronavirus, maintaining optimal general personal hygiene practices, especially while at work, is important.
A significant portion of people with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before they start showing symptoms. This means the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity – for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing – even if those people are not showing symptoms. It may also be possible to get the virus after touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth or nose.
Stay home if you are sick. Employees who begin to develop symptoms or feel ill during the course of the work day should separate themselves from the work environment immediately and contact their supervisor.
General hygiene practices to observe throughout the work day include:
Germs, including viruses, can spread from other people or surfaces when you:
Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of infections from one person to the next. Key times to wash or clean your hands include:
Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. If your hands are visibly dirty, washing with soap and water is better than using hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Follow these five steps every time you wash your hands.
If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label. Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However, Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs. Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and heavy metals.
Follow these steps every time you use hand sanitizer.
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