Last updated October 2023
This chapter explains what you can do to minimise the risk of disease by creating and maintaining a hygienic workplace.
Why is it important to keep your workplace hygienic?
Poor hygiene is a health and safety risk to anyone who works near others due to the risk of spreading disease. Hygiene is therefore important to minimise the risk of contamination and prevent the spread of infection.
- your workplace is clean; and
- your workers follow good hygiene practises.
Case Law: Eng v Goodman Fielder Limited (2011)
In Eng v Goodman Fielder Limited (2011), a truck driver was caught urinating outside his employer’s workplace, only 100 metres away from the workplace toilet. He claimed that he had a medical condition that meant it was not possible to get to the toilet in time.
He was dismissed on the basis that the workplace hygiene policy required workers to use the workplace toilet facilities and to wash their hands afterwards.
However, the worker was found to have been harshly dismissed because he was not aware of the policy.