Why is good hygiene so important?

Hygiene product safety

Hygiene throughout history

About you - personal hygiene

Around home - household hygiene

Out and about - hygiene beyond the home

Hygiene in industry

Top hygiene tips

ALERT: COVID-19 – hygiene advice

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends some basic ways to protect against COVID-19 (formerly known as 2019 novel coronavirus). These include good hand hygiene and sneeze/cough hygiene:

  • Washing your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your flexed elbow or a tissue. Then discard the tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

This advice is reflected in messaging from local health authorities, like the Federal Department of Health and NSW Health.

See the WHO website for more advice.

Hygiene is all about preserving good health
…by promoting conditions and practices that keep you and your surroundings clean.
Good hygiene helps prevent the spread of organisms that can cause disease. This helps decrease illness in society, as well as the consequences of illness such as suffering, lost productivity and lost income. Improvements in hygiene can be linked to increased life expectancy, decreased infant mortality and decreased infectious disease.
Maintaining good personal hygiene and living in clean surroundings can help you feel good about yourself and about life in general.
Effective hygiene products, good hygiene practices and public sanitation measures work together to provide all of these benefits.
Explore the eight sections above to learn how.