Personal hygiene; preventing the spread of viruses within the workplace

Avoiding the norovirus in your workplace with personal hygiene.

Public washrooms are, unfortunately, a prime place for the spread of disease. With so many people entering and exiting the washroom everyday, the risk of a virus being spread onto surfaces is high. This is pretty self explanatory, but with 62% of men and 40% of women not washing their hands after going to the toilet; the risk becomes even more evident.

Norovirus and personal hygiene

Diseases such as clostridium difficile and norovirus can quickly spread across workplaces due to poor personal hygiene. The viruses contaminate surfaces (such as door handles) and are then picked up when people touch the object.

It doesn’t just stop within the washroom, though. Since the virus is on their hands, this can now potentially spread across the workplace onto more surface. For instance; if someone uses the washroom and then picks up bacteria from a surface, this can then be spread onto other office items such as telephones. This then results in the bacteria being spread further and further, resulting in the chances of illness also increasing.

This is extremely important for most workplaces, but is particularly crucial for businesses within the health industry. In July of this year, a hospital in Bolton had to temporarily cancel any appointments due the norovirus being spread within it.

The disease was unlikely to have come from a patient of the hospital and was probably brought in by people visiting, such as if they were ill with the virus and did not wait 48 hours for them to not be infectious.

How to prevent viruses spreading?

personal hygiene

Avoiding the spread of clostridium difficile and the norovirus mainly requires relatively simple personal hygiene. Ensuring proper hand washing and that when ill you stay at home for at least 48 hours after your symptoms have cleared up; these are both key ways for you to help reduce the chance of the virus spreading.

In terms of washrooms, there are a range of different features that Cubicle Systems can install into your washroom to reduce the amount of surfaces that the user touches. Sensors can be installed into your washroom onto your taps, soap dispensers, hand dryers, and toilets; meaning that people do not have to make contact with the washroom features in order to activate them. This, in turn, reduces the chances of bacteria being spread onto surfaces.