In keeping the work environment free of exposure to COVID-19, the promotion of good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette is an easy way that everyone can participate. Workers should be taught the importance of properly and frequently washing their hands. Soap is the best way to clean and disinfect hands all at once. The use of hand sanitizers should not be used as a replacement for hand washing with soap, especially when hands are visibly soiled. Hand sanitizers are a practical alternative only where washing sinks are not available.

Hand washing should occur:

  • before leaving home, upon arrival at work, and before leaving work
  • after using the washroom
  • after using shared equipment and objects
  • after sneezing or coughing into your hand or arm

Hand dryers should be checked to ensure they are in good working order.

Respiratory etiquette means using the crook of the elbow, rather than the hand, to cover the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.

Other considerations for workplaces include:

  • the use of no-touch sinks, soap dispensers and hand dryers
  • a well stocked supply of disinfecting soaps, hand sanitizers and paper towels
  • checking dispensers periodically
  • frequent disinfecting of sinks and water fountains