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To avoid an unsanitary situation, here's what you must do

by , 18 July 2014
When it comes to health and safety, you probably focus a lot of your time on preventing accidents and stopping injuries.

But how much time do you spend about thinking about workplace hygiene? Maybe one day a week? A month? Never?

This is a huge mistake because not only can unsanitary working conditions make your employees very sick, they also break health and safety rules and violate your employees' rights.

So avoid this unsanitary situation by doing this...

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Unhygienic and unsanitary conditions are a health hazard

 
Anything that can cause an injury or make your employees sick is a hazard! This includes things like dirty toilets, badly maintained ablution facilities and dark, damp changing rooms.
 
The OHS Act charges you with the responsibility to protect your employees. This means keeping them healthy from situations like these. 
 
So if your workplace has any of these health risk areas, it's time you did something about it! 
 
Here's what you can do...
 

Spot health hazards from unsanitary situations with a risk assessment

 
Just like with any other health and safety issue, you need to do a risk assessment to identify the actual risks. 
 
So do a risk assessment for unsanitary areas and look for:
 
- Areas (such as toilets) that are dirty;
- Damp conditions;
- Mold;
- Facilities (such as toilets, sinks or showers) that are damaged;
- Poor ventilation; 
- Toilets that don't flush properly or at all; and
- Ablutions that don't have running water.
 
If you spot any of these problems, you need to take action quickly. These problems are simple to fix. All you need to do is get a professional cleaning crew in and repair the old facilities. 
 
From there, it's a simple matter of maintaining a high level of sanitation. 
 
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