No matter what the industry, chances are that your company has employees that make a living using their hands. Our hands are the connection we make with everything in our everyday lives however; it is one key element that is most likely to be overlooked when it comes to employee health and safety.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 40 percent of industrial workers will suffer from occupational dermatitis at some point in their working lives. Poor hand hygiene will lead to increased illness and can result in:
For any organization, implementing and maintaining appropriate hand hygiene practices is a daily challenge. Employers and facility managers have a legal responsibility to ensure that they provide a safe working environment for their employees. Addressing hand hygiene is an important part of this. Leaving occupational skin disorders unaddressed in the workplace can cost an organization millions of dollars. In fact, with estimated costs including time away from work, reduced productivity and workers compensation claims, occupational skin disorders costs exceed $1 billion each year in the U.S.
Once your team learns more about prevention, pick the best-suited hand cleanser and dispensing system. Below is a quick reference guide that will keep your crew clean and compliant.
The appropriate products should be available and accessible to workers where and when they are required. Creams should be located in key areas such as changing rooms, work area entrances, washrooms and hand washing stations.
Frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick during flu season and throughout the year. It’s also a crucial step to prevent spreading germs from one person to another throughout the workplace and to ultimately creating a healthy and productive work environment.
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