Sickness spreads quickly in daycares, schools, in the work place, and any place where people are in close proximity with one another. In the office, employees use the same door knobs, telephones, water fountains, sink faucets, copy machines, and more. Employees share the same air space, so they share polluted air because of sneezes and coughs. Occupational health is affected by that polluted air, and all those shared surfaces contain the germs and bacteria brought in by the employees and every client or delivery person.
To encourage health & safety at work and prevent as much spread of germs and bacteria as possible, the OSHA workplace standard has set out basic safety procedures for promoting health & safety at work through hand washing and cough etiquette. Employers are to enable workplace health and safety by promoting hand hygiene and preventing sickness in the workplace by providing “no touch” wastebaskets for used tissues, soap and water, alcohol-based hand rubs, disposable towels, and cleaning supplies. These hand hygiene compliance items should be available in various places throughout the office – lobbies, halls, restrooms, and employees should be informed of their location, and be frequently reminded of the importance of preventing the spread of bacteria in the office.
The OSHA workplace standard also has basic safety procedures on cleaning the workplace, and other factors involved in minimizing germs and bacteria in the office and other workplaces. Employee training on occupational health in the office must include training on germs and bacteria to prevent germs in the office and minimize sickness in the workplace.