A healthy hygiene service

Published by Nathan Flint on 25 August 2015
in Cleanliness & hygiene, Staff well-being

Think about your business and its individual components. Premises, vehicles, technology – all of these things are imperative to your day-to-day functions. In terms of assets, the most important are your employees. Employees are vital to your business – without them, operations cease and everything comes to a standstill. Hygiene services are your 'front-line' protection for your most important assets.

Healthy hygiene services

Considering that your employees will spend more time at work than at home, it’s logical to encourage the same standards of hygiene. Generally there will be more people on your site than at an employee’s home, increasing the likelihood of spreading germs and bacteria. Good workplace hygiene practices are crucial to reduce the risk of illness-related absence.

Providing hygiene services for your employees will go a long way - as the old saying goes, “Take care of your employees and they’ll take care of your business”.

The basics

Let’s start with the basics. All of your employees will visit the washroom at some point during the day meaning that your washroom will see a higher level of footfall than other areas of your building. It’s important that you ensure that your washroom is as clean as possible for this very reason. Reduce the risk of the spread of pathogenic germs in your washroom with a toilet seat sanitizer - flushing the toilet without putting the lid down can propel germs as far as 6ft! It will also help you maintain the cleanliness of your washroom in-between your cleaner’s visits. It’s also a nice touch that says, “We care”.

There are legislative requirements that you need to consider for your workplace washroom. Among them are the provisions of washing facilities which include soap or other suitable means of cleaning. It’s been estimated* that the average office worker has around 10million bacteria on each hand. As we’ve previously discussed in another post, hand washing is an effective method of pandemic control. After all, prevention is better than cure!


Hygiene services are critical for keeping on top of housekeeping duties. Effective housekeeping should be proactive and complimented by quality solutions. Employee facilities need to be sufficient, clean and well-maintained.

Office desks have been found to be more than 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat*, with computer keyboards, mice and telephone handsets being the primary offenders. Make sure these items are regularly cleaned using a disinfectant wipe. Bacteria increase by 31% per day on surfaces that aren’t frequently cleaned. Avoid eating food over your keyboard as it can fall into the space between the keys. Because it is difficult to remove, this can create a hygiene hazard.

Store pre-prepared meals and snacks in a refrigerator to help prevent food poisoning. Always check that any communal crockery and cutlery are clean before use. If no dishwasher is available, wash them with hot (not boiling!) soapy water. Use disposable cloths instead of a communal sponge to wash up as sponges can be a bacterial breeding ground.


Sometimes, emergencies occur. What if a member of your team develops a sudden headache or runs out of imperative supplies? Providing a washroom vending machine stocked with a range of products helps ensure your staff and customers don’t have to leave the premises for much needed pain relief.

A minimum requirement of you as an employer is that you always have a suitably stocked first aid kit on site. If an accident happens then you need to be prepared. Having a first aid kit available – or better yet, visible - on your premises shows your staff, visitors and customers that you’ve taken the necessary steps to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

The final touches

You’ve taken care of everything inside your building, but what about outside? People will come and go during the working day and will carry dirt and debris along with them. It’s estimated that 70% of the dirt entering a building is from the soles of people’s shoes. Complimenting your on-site hygiene services by placing entrance matting at all doorways will help keep floors and walkways clean – maintaining a high standard of appearance.

For professional advice about hygiene solutions, get in touch with the experts at PHS.

*Sources: EcoHydra, Research carried out by Durable UK 2006

by Nathan Flint in Cleanliness & hygiene, Staff well-being