This toolbox talk will discuss hygiene on construction projects. Germs can be found everywhere; in residential or commercial areas and onsite. Germs are in the air we breathe, on the ground, we walk on, the water we drink, on the food we eat, and on people and animals.

Most germs can only multiply in damp, warm places. One germ can produce millions of little germs in a few hours! Combating germs is not that difficult.

Germs cannot stand the following:

  • Sunlight
  • Fresh air
  • Water
  • Soap
  • A broom or vacuum cleaner

Workers who pay attention to personal hygiene can prevent the spread of germs and disease, reduce their exposures to chemicals and contaminants, and avoid developing skin allergies, skin conditions, and chemical sensitivities. Hygiene is a measure of a person’s way of life. A person having good self-hygiene not only enables himself to feel comfortable in his skin but it also helps others around that person, to work in comfort. A person with good values will never ignore his personal hygiene.

How to maintain personal hygiene in the workplace?

To maintain personal hygiene in the workplace, you must continue to do the following things:

  • Clean the work area regularly. Prevent the spread of infection by cleaning in the space.
  • Disinfect your hands at least once a day. This is another way to stop infections. Disinfectants kill bacteria and viruses in a way that soap does not.
  • Wash your cups, mugs, plates and cutlery regularly. Play it safe by washing the kitchen utensils you use regularly.
  • Keep a box of tissues close by. If you need them to cover a sneeze or clean your face, make sure you always have them close to your arms.

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