Sure, hand washing or uniforms are important when it comes to hygiene, but what about floors? Make sure your hygiene in the workplace is up to par.
Talks of hygiene in the workplace can all too easily focus exclusively on handwashing, uniforms and expectations of personal hygiene of employees. These are definitely important, but managers and decision-makers might need to look down to find a menacing threat.
A Frequently Overlooked Problem
Greasy, slippery floors and other unclean and dirty surfaces can completely ruin any efforts a business makes in maintaining good hygiene. Handwashing is only minimally effective if workers are immediately re-contaminated after returning to their jobs. Additionally, clean uniforms can only be so beneficial when shoes, pant cuffs and other pieces of clothing are continually rubbing against surfaces that haven’t been properly cared for. Since floors play such a big role in day-to-day routines, you may want to consider adding floor maintenance into your workplace hygiene plan.
Maintaining Hygiene From the Ground Up
How clean are your mop heads? That might sound like a trivial question, but, especially in industries such as food service and health care, no one can afford to skimp on clean mops. Dirty mop heads can spread germs, as well as easily defeat efforts to maintain and improve hygiene in the workplace.
Keep in mind that not every mop is created equal. The options you offer your staff should fit your industry challenges, work environment and the types of surface issues you face. There are many options for surface cleaning, ranging from microfiber flat mops to cloths and dusters that help you save on cleaning agents and cut back on allergens. You may also want to consider implementing a workplace hygiene plan that includes steps to regularly maintain and sanitize mops. When you select the right mops for your facility, be sure they’re available in a place where staff can access them as needed.
Keeping Floors Safe
Quickly and efficiently cleaning up wet surfaces can be done in a number of ways, and can help to prevent contamination. Providing easy access to supplies so your employees can handle spills and wet surfaces as soon as they happen can be a simple and effective way to reduce exposure to potential incidents. In industries such as health care where spills frequently involve bloodborne pathogens or hazardous materials, it may be worth considering a program that provides weekly replacement of mops and mop heads to keep your floor free of germs. OSHA provides a quick reference guide on their Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, which can help you determine how you can utilize their recommendations in your facility.
Many of these programs require no up-front inventory investment on the part of your facility. Overall, maintaining hygiene in the workplace doesn’t have to be a burden or overly complex, especially when it comes to floors and other surfaces. You have a myriad of options available to you to help you build out and execute an effective cleaning plan that integrates with the needs of your facility or workplace.