Workplace Hygiene

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Some simple advice to help protect yourself in the workplace.

  • Don't be afraid to use gloves - restaurants have been doing it for years, retail stores have started doing it recently. Adding a physical barrier between you and the surfaces you touch will help mitigate contamination and the spread of disease.
  • If you are unavoidably in close proximity to other people, don't be frightened to wear a mask or disposable respirator. It is essential you handle the mask appropriately. Wash your hands, put on a pair of gloves, fit your mask (and goggles/face shield) and then put on a second pair of gloves. Use the reverse procedure for removing the mask. Avoid touching the mask, in between putting it on and taking it off.
  • Bring your own keyboard and mouse - The two most common items we're in contact with in an IT environment is our keyboard and our mouse. Bringing in your own not only allows you to choose between MX Brown and MX Blue switches, but will also reduce the number of people that have had contact with your peripherals.
  • Use hand sanitizer - go into any hospital and watch the employees come or leave a room; you'll notice most have a bottle of hand sanitizer. This can be an effective way to combat the spread of disease. If your workplace does not furnish hand sanitizer, bring your own!
  • Be careful when using spray - don't use spray disinfectant on devices that have open ports (SD card slots, USB ports, etc), instead use wipes to disinfect the surface such as a monitor, keyboard or mouse.
  • If you can, work from home. Make use of VPNs and other remote technology - with IP phones and OpenVPN integrated into most enterprise routers, there's never been a better time to work from home...or anywhere for that matter.
  • When in doubt, wash your hands - when you're done working on your workstation or someone else's workstation, make sure to wash your hands! Wash for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face.
  • Remove and wash your work clothes as soon as you get home.
  • Don't be frightened to approach your employer and ask about risk assessments, safety measures and mitigation they have in place to protect workers, visitors and customers.