The concern of health in the workplace should be addressed in the manner that every employee is a potential threat or health hazard. Have no bias in setting good health policies. When it comes to preventing infections it is important to understand how they are born and spread. A good place to start is to describe what defines an infectious illness. An infection occurs when organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa invade the inside of your body. They will attack your immune system, and weaken you as your body attempts to fight off the infection. These organisms also known as pathogens can be spread unknowingly and very rapidly creating a serious threat to those that are in close contact. Due to this hazardous nature, it is important to have policies in place to prevent these conditions from ever having a chance to occur. This can be achieved by having clean working conditions and proper training.
Infections can be spread amongst people in several ways. Bacteria and viruses are easily spread through the air and in food. Dirty counter tops, microwaves, refrigerators and anywhere that food particles may reside are a breading ground for bacteria. Have a daily cleaning procedure established to keep work areas and break rooms clean. Make sure to use disinfecting (antibacterial) soaps and cleaning products to kill off any of the infectious particles that are unseen to the eye.
Proper Safety Equipment
Every employer should have the proper cleaning and safety equipment along with training on how and when to use such items. This may include rubber gloves, eye protection, and proper working attire. These items should be readily available and part of regular every day procedures involving dirty conditions or disinfecting the premises. Restaurants need to have the strictest and longest list of these rules when it comes to cleaning procedures. To prevent airborne risks make sure to have room’s well ventilated and fresh air being supplied to closed tight spaces.
When hiring employees it is also important to know their current health status. Allowing a worker to come into a work place carrying say Hepatitis or HIV would be enough to get a business shut down. Certain vaccinations should be required for anyone in close contact with a large amount of people. If the working conditions put the person at risk of getting injured from a cut or scrape a tetanus shot should be provided to prevent a more detrimental infection.
When a worker is claiming to be sick with something like the flu or pink eye, they should be required to leave the office until the infection has been warded off. Causing them to work will only put others at risk, and infections are very easily spread. We are in constant contact with one another’s skin and bodily fluids. Whether simply touching the same door knob or keyboard, bacteria can be passed to many people before any signs of sickness. Employers should respect the threat this cause and be willing to send employees home when infectious diseases can be spread to others. The best way to prevent the spread of infection is to have daily tasks and responsibilities in place to ensure a safe working environment. Use the proper safety equipment, and require personnel to adhere to the policies is key to keeping infections in check.