4 Tips to Prevent the Spread of Diseases Among Employees

Common infections like the flu, the common cold, and strep throat are easily transmitted from person to person through indirect contact—for example via an infected person's environment or belongings. And this ease of transmission explains why they are more prevalent than other types of diseases.

The workplace is one of the easiest places for infections to spread. And this is especially true for premises where there is high density of people. For this reason, employers must put in place adequate measures to prevent the spread of infections in the workplace.

Here are four proven tips to prevent the spread of diseases among employees.

1. Enlightenment

The first and most important step towards preventing diseases in the workplace is to educate employees on the various diseases that can spread easily in the workplace and safety measures to prevent the spread of such diseases. This enlightenment will make a lot of difference, as employees will proactively implement safety precautions habitually.

On the other hand, if employees are not made to understand why they should implement safety measures in the workplace, they won't take those measures seriously, and they'll be at high risk of contracting diseases and spreading them to others.

2. Hand washing

Washing the hands regularly with clean water and soap is the simplest way to stop infections from spreading in the workplace. Research has revealed that a whopping 47 percent of illnesses can be prevented by effective hand washing.

Employees must wash their hands before eating, after using the restroom, and after touching railings, elevator buttons, and public door knobs. And they must avoid touching their eyes and mouth unless they have washed their hands thoroughly.

If there's no access to water and soap, employees should have backup hand sanitizers that contain at least 60 percent alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sanitizers are more effective at killing germs when they contain 60 - 90 percent alcohol.

3. Mouth covering

Covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing is more than just a courtesy; it's an effective way to prevent the spread of infections to other people. So, employees should always cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough, as this will help to prevent the spread of airborne germs throughout the workplace.

According to the CDC, it's best to cough or sneeze into a tissue paper and discard it immediately. But where that's not available, employees are advised to cough or sneeze into their upper arm or elbow, since that part of their clothing is very unlikely to be touched by others.

4. Workplace sanitization

It goes without saying, but one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of diseases in the workplace is to ensure cleanliness in the workplace. The restrooms, office floors, walls, and surfaces such as table tops must be washed regularly with hot water and detergent. Similarly, any spills of body fluids, such as vomits or blood must be instantly cleaned up with disinfectants.

In addition, all mops, brushes, and other tools used for cleaning must be thoroughly washed and dried after each use. This is important because keeping them moist will encourage germs to grow on them. More importantly, these tools must be handled with safety gloves and kept in a safe place.


Jimmy Rohampton is a freelance writer, blogger and business consultant from Southwest London. He travels the world and helps people master blogging and online marketing at HowToCreateABlog.org. Think you're interesting and he should know you? Say "Hi" to him at Jimmy@HowToCreateABlog.org

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