Housekeepers tackle big and small messes every day. While cleaning and sanitizing spaces such as hotel suites or lobbies, housekeepers can encounter and spread dangerous germs with the best cleaning tool available: their hands. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 80 percent of all infections are transmitted by hands, and those infections can easily transfer and live on high-touch surfaces like door handles, light switches, faucets and more.
These germs have the potential of infecting housekeepers with a cold, the flu or worse, putting them out of work for days. Worker illness and injury can cost U.S. employers on the upwards of 225.8 billion dollars each year, according to the CDC. Providing safe workspaces and promoting clean practices can help control this cost and keep employees feeling great.
Germs left behind from a housekeeper can also infect other employees, visitors and guests, resulting in negative reviews and a damaged brand image. In order to keep a housekeeper’s hands clean and spaces germ-free for everyone, it’s important that hotel owners and managers to protect their staff. By understanding and promoting the importance of hand washing not just before and after work, but throughout an entire shift, managers encourage health in multiple ways.
Housekeeping Hand Hygiene Tips
In honor of this year’s International Housekeeping Week, it’s important to not only recognize housekeepers’ hard work, but also the importance of maintaining their health. And there’s no better way to keep germs away and prevent the spread of infection than through proper hand hygiene practices.
Housekeepers, employees and guests can stay better protected from harmful germs spread by hands through simple, everyday best practices, including:
Housekeepers play an integral role in ensuring guests have a clean, well-maintained space during their stay. The work done by housekeeping can ultimately improve the bottom line for businesses and result in high ratings and memorable experiences. These workers need to be provided with the essentials for optimal cleaning results and to ensure their health remains a top priority.
While celebrating International Housekeepers Week, don’t forget to support a housekeepers’ health. Housekeepers work tireless hours to ensure spaces are thoroughly cleaned, no matter how big of a challenge it may be. Provide housekeepers with the necessary tools to clean effectively while maintaining proper hand hygiene.