Because most jobs require that you share a room or workspace with a number of people, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that colds and flu can spread quickly in the workplace. Most of us spend the largest part of our days at work, so it only makes sense to be just as hygienic, if not more, at work as we are at home. Since health hazards are usually in places you wouldn’t typically expect, practicing consistent and proper hygiene can be essential in reducing the risk of illnesses while doing your job.

Tip #1 – Clean Your Workspace

Research has shown that the average office desk area has an enormous amount of bacteria and viruses on it. Clean your desk periodically with sanitizing sprays or wipes. Use the sanitizer on your desktop, mouse, keyboard and your phone’s handset. Also avoid keeping food in your workspace or eating at your desk.

Tip #2 – Wash Your Hands Regularly

Germs can quickly spread throughout your office after shaking hands with your coworkers, using your mobile phone, and touching other items throughout your day. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.

Tip #3 – Clean Lunchrooms Regularly

If you have a coffee mug, be sure to wash it regularly with warm water and soap. Store your lunch in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat. Wipe down all lunchroom surfaces at the end of each day. Empty the garbage cans at the end of every shift.

Tip #4 – Cover Your Nose or Mouth When Coughing and Sneezing.

Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze, toss the tissue and wash your hands. Or cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.

Tip #5 – Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face

Avoid touching your face as viruses can effectively transfer from your hands into the body via the eyes, nose and mouth.