Office-Germs

How to avoid spreading germs at work

The cold and flu season is upon us and nowhere do germs lurk more than a shared space.

As soon as you hear your co-worker sneezing and coughing at work, you know it’s game over for the rest of the office. Desks are a hot spot for germs to fester and multiply.

There are many ways to help prevent illness and the spread of germs around your office and co-workers. You shouldn’t wait until you’re feeling under the weather to implement germ prevention.

Germs-at-Work

 

Here are some ways to avoid spreading germs at work:

Cover your cough
Always cough or sneeze into a tissue or your inner arm. Sneezing and coughing into your hands causes germs to spread like wildfire through everything you touch throughout the day.

Wash your hands properly
One of the best ways to avoid spreading germs is to wash your hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing into them. When washing your hands, work soap into a lather and scrub in warm water for about 20 seconds.

Avoid touching your face
Try to refrain from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth throughout the day. This causes germs to spread anytime you touch phones, door knobs, or appliances at your office.

Throw away used tissues
Don’t let your used tissues pile up on your desk or beside your bed – they’re a breeding ground for germs!

Clean up your workspace
Having a messy or dirty desk gives germs and bacteria a great place to live. Use disinfecting wipes to clean your desk, especially if you eat your lunch at your desk.

Food Safety
Certain viruses can spread through food particles, so have someone else handle the cooking in your household while you’re ill if possible.

Rest up at home
Sometimes this is not always possible, but if you can, stay at home if you’re sick. This is obviously the number one way to keep yourself from spreading your germs and illness to other employees.

Keeping the office clean and free of nasty germs and bacteria is part of every employees’ responsibilities. Help prevent the spread of germs by following the top tips above.

Safety Media have over 125 e-Learning courses, which includes a variety of subject from DSE, Health & Well-being, Infection Control and Induction Safety.

Download specific course descriptions and visit our full course library here