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The Hygiene and Infection Program Implementation

What Are Hygiene Policies

A workplace hygiene policy is used to communicate to employees and visitors the safe work practice and administrative controls used to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission within the workplace.

Administrative controls are typically policies or procedures designed to reduce or minimize exposure to a hazard. Work practice controls are procedures that help reduce the risk of exposure to infectious diseases.

Administrative controls you could use in your policy include:

Minimize contact between employees and clients and use alternating work shifts to reduce employees in the facility.

Provide employees with free education and training on arising contagious diseases.

Safe work practices you could use in your policy include:

Provide resources (i.e., soap or alcohol-based hand rubs) and a workplace that promotes good personal hygiene

Requiring regular hand washing or using alcohol-based hand rubs post handwashing signs in restrooms

Handwashing

Handwashing is a safe work practice control that has been shown to significantly reduce workplace absenteeism and healthcare claims.

An effective handwashing policy can reduce the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31% and reduce respiratory illnesses in the general population by 21%.

As a component of the overall hygiene policy, a handwashing policy can be used to establish expectations and guidelines for employees and guests. It is important to educate employees and guests on the importance of handwashing as a preventative safe workplace practice aimed at reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

A Sample Handwashing Policy

A good hand washing policy could include:

To prevent the spread of infectious diseases, employees and guests are required to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand rubs upon entering a company facility.

Additionally, employees and guests are expected to wash their hands or use alcohol-based rubs after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing into their hands, or coming into contact with contaminated objects or surfaces.

Nail Hygiene

Often overlooked, poor nail hygiene can contribute to the spread of infectious diseases caused by pinworms, bacteria, and viruses. Pinworms are small, thin, white roundworms that sometimes live in the colon and rectum of humans. Pinworm infection is the most common worm infection in the United States.

Sample Nail Hygiene Policy

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A good nail hygiene policy could include:

To prevent the spread of germs and nail infections, employees are advised to keep nails short and trim them often.

Employees and guests should scrub the underside of nails with soap and water during hand washing.

When using alcohol-based rubs, ensure the underside of nails is thoroughly exposed to the rub.

Employees should avoid biting and chewing nails.