Personal Hygiene on the Job

Tailgate Training Tip Sheet® – No. 36
Copyright 2009
Personal Hygiene on the Job
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Key Points:
• Good personal hygiene helps prevent illnesses.
•Wash your hands several times each day, especially if you work in areas where
chemicals have been applied.
• Report skin rashes and similar problems to your supervisor.
Note to trainer: Follow this script or use it to help guide you through a 10- to
15-minute training session for your ag/hort workers. You may photocopy this sheet
for your employees’ personal use. However, it may not be published or sold.
Bring to your training session samples of the personal hygiene items you supply
your workers, including bars of soap and paper towels.
Why personal hygiene is important
• G
ood personal hygiene, including cleanliness, is important on the job
for these reasons:
– It helps keep you from getting sick. Staying clean helps fight disease-causing germs.
– It keeps your co-workers healthy. Bacteria and other germs are
easily spread from person to person by personal contact.
– It reduces your chances of winding up with skin problems, such as
dermatitis, which can be difficult to treat.
– It makes the work site more pleasant for everyone, including
co-workers and visitors.
• Good personal hygiene is especially important when working in humid
or wet areas, where bacteria and other germs thrive.
Hand washing is critical
• O
ne of the easiest ways to cut down on illnesses is to wash your hands
several times a day.
• Be sure to wash your hands before you eat, drink, smoke, chew gum or
tobacco. Also wash your hands before and after using the toilet, working
with chemicals, or putting on a bandage.
• Here are some steps to follow:
1. Wet your hands under running water. Keep the water running.
2. Apply soap, and rub your hands together.
3. Work up a good soapy lather, and wash all parts of your hands,
including the backs, your wrists, between your fingers and under
your fingernails.
4. Thoroughly rinse off all the soap.
5. Dry your hands with a clean paper towel.
6. Turn off the water faucet with your used towel. Don’t touch the
faucet with your clean hands.
Note to trainer: Show trainees the soap, towels and other personal hygiene items
you supply your workers.
Keeping your hands
clean reduces the
chance of skin rashes.
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Tailgate Training Tip Sheet® – No. 36 (continued)
Copyright 2009
Personal Hygiene on the Job
Working with chemicals
• I t’s especially important to practice good personal hygiene when you may
come into contact with pesticides or other chemicals.
• Pesticides or pesticide residues on plants and crops can result in skin rashes.
So can coming into contact with certain plants.
• Sometimes workers find out their skin problems were due to a failure to
keep their hands clean.
• If you work in areas where chemicals are applied:
1. Always wear the proper PPE.
2. Wash your whole body, including your hair, after work each day,
using plenty of soap and water.
3. Wash your hands and face before you eat, drink, smoke or use the toilet.
4. Wash your work clothes separately from your other clothes
and separately from the family laundry.
More personal hygiene tips
• S
hower each day. Dry yourself thoroughly, including between your fingers
and toes.
• Use soap when you shower, and use deodorant each day.
• Wash your work clothes before rewearing them to remove dirt, sweat and
other residues. Use either a liquid or powdered laundry detergent. Follow the
instructions that come with it on how much to use.
• Wear clean socks to work each day. Cotton socks are best because they
“breathe” and absorb moisture.
• If you work in a wet environment, try to change your shoes every other day
to give them a good chance to dry out.
• Use our toilet facilities when you need to go to the bathroom. And be
sure to keep the facilities clean for your co-workers.
• Take care of problems before they become serious. Tell your supervisor
if you develop a skin rash or other problem. Often these can be treated
without a visit to the doctor.
Are there any questions?
Note to trainer: Take time to answer trainees’ questions. Then review the
Good Personal Hygiene Do’s and Don’ts.
GOOD PERSONAL HYGIENE DO’S AND DON’TS
DO:
• Shower daily. Don’t forget to wash behind your ears and
between your toes.
• Keep your hands and face clean, especially if you work
in an area where chemicals have been applied.
• Practice good hygiene at home as well as on the job.
DON’T:
• Use your co-workers’ combs, brushes or other
personal care items.
• Leave the bathroom unclean for the next person.
• Wash clothes that may have pesticide residues on
them with the family laundry.
See our full line of safety supplies, including respirators, eye and ear protection, coveralls, first aid and more.
GEMPLER’S®
•
P.O. Box 45800
•
Madison, WI 53744-5800
•
Phone: 1-800-382-8473
•
www.gemplers.com
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