Lesson 1 Introduction

  • Since it is impossible to fully control of risks and hazards during waste collection, it remains crucial to minimize the risk of exposure by following personal hygiene rules.
  • In this unit we will discuss the risks for ourselves and others by not implementing proper hygiene practices.
  • We will also see what personal hygiene means, and the respective principles and practices to remember and follow.
  • Understand what personal hygiene practices are
  • Comprehend the importance of following personal hygiene rules in preventing diseases
  • Get familiar with basic personal hygiene principles and practices
  • Be informed about adequate hand and body cleaning
  • Full control of workplace pollutants and physical hazards during waste collection is impossible to achieve.
  • However, there are areas where targeted interventions can minimize the risk of exposure. One of these includes personal hygiene practices
  • Proper hygiene practices are necessary because they can prevent you from getting or spreading germs and infectious diseases.
  • through coming into contact with contaminated objects
  • handling dirty equipment
  • touching other people
  • Diarrhea, especially gastroenteritis
  • Respiratory infections, i.e. flu, common colds
  • Skin infections caused by staphylococcus
  • Worm-related conditions, such as threadworms
  • Eye infections
  • Itching
  • COVID-19 and other infectious diseases

Therefore, it’s crucial to be properly trained on personal hygiene practices and always follow them before, during and after your work.