Minimising the spread of infectious diseases in the workplace is important to keeping staff safe and well at work
Keeping workplaces and public environments clean
Key cleaning tips
As per recommended by https://www.health.govt.nz/
- Schedule regular cleaning.
- Use a suitable cleaning product.
- Use disposable cloths, if available.
- Clean air-conditioning units.
Regular cleaning of the workplace environment will minimise the spread of infection by reducing workers’ contact with contaminated surfaces.
Workplace environments vary greatly so it is important to consider your particular work environment and what is frequently used and touched by workers, customers and others.
Clean surfaces with a suitable cleaner and/ or disinfectant and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use. When choosing a suitable cleaning product, consider what the product is effective against and the length of time the product needs to be left on a surface to clean it properly.
Where possible, use disposable cloths to clean surfaces. Reusable cloths should be cleaned, disinfected and then dried after use.
Ensure appropriate equipment is available for workers to wash and dry their hands. Read more about good hand washing.
Ensure good ventilation
Enclosed spaces can increase the spread of infectious diseases. Employers should ensure air conditioning systems are well maintained. It is advisable that air conditioning systems do not re-circulate air and are vented to the outside as much as possible.
If the workplace does not have an air conditioning system, open windows regularly to get fresh air circulating.