Principles of Safety Hygiene and Sanitation in Tourism and Travel

When it comes to the hospitality and travel sectors, including the hotel and transport industries, it is vital for you to demonstrate the core principles of safety hygiene and sanitation in tourism and travel.

Especially in personal and business travel, user rates are beginning on a rapid incline post-pandemic so the demand on your business will soon be high and you need to match this in terms of safety hygiene and sanitation to facilitate the client base growth.

For department managers, environmental services managers, governments and industry policymakers operating in the Asia Pacific region – including Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, and Malaysia markets – you need to know what these principles are.

You are at the forefront of the upcoming travel boom, according to industry experts, and need to demonstrate commitment to the principles of safety hygiene to sustain these predicted rates of growth. It’s essential to source highly durable, long-lasting innovative solutions to safety hygiene and sanitation from professionals with expertise in cleaning solutions.

In this blog, we will outline the key principles of safety hygiene and sanitation in tourism and travel that you should be aware of and should practice to a high degree of professionalism and dedication. We will also recommend specialist cleaning products that can match the level of sanitation demand at each level and area.

The key principles of safety hygiene and sanitation in tourism and travel


In the travel and tourism sector, it’s crucial to demonstrate that you are following the key cleaning procedures. However, you will be expected to go above and beyond on transport and in high traffic areas. Customers need to see you showcasing your commitment to regular cleaning with industry-recommended products.

HYGEN™ cloths and mops from the Rubbermaid Commercial Products range are the ideal choice for high-touch areas. They are designed with a microfibre composition that can help to remove tested microbes.

Always use a system of cloth colours to eliminate the risk of cross-contamination and ensure this code is known and understood by all cleaning staff.

Following the latest guidelines for coronavirus conscious cleaning in the travel and tourism sectors, you must undertake a ventilation period before reopening which will allow rooms on each floor to aerate. Do this by opening doors and windows, running ventilation systems, and marking where this has been carried out.

Before and after the occupancy of travelling guests, you must purge the indoor air in rooms and used facilities. Do this by carrying out a shorter ventilation period or by extending the ventilation system operation hours.

Waste Management

Waste can rapidly pose a threat to customers, travellers, and businesses. By operating multiple waste streams, you can create a network of waste management that staff are responsible for and easily understand. This reassures your cleaning staff and it reassures your visitors.

Always use closed lid step-on containers in the travel and tourist sectors because these can help to isolate germs and mitigate contamination. These also prevent pests such as fruit flies that can spread harmful germs around a business. Rubbermaid Commercial Products stocks a range of closed-lid system refuse containers that utilise a foot pedal operation designed to limit hand-to-surface contact points.

Guest Safety

One of the key principles of safety hygiene and sanitation in tourism and travel for the business and personal travel industries is guest safety. This is not a new principle but it is a new focus since the coronavirus pandemic.

This principle involves the implementation and commitment to social distancing in all common areas. Employ floor stickers to clearly mark the social distancing wherever queues are likely to form (such as reception desks, food stands, ticket offices and transportation).

You should also consider deploying specialised barriers which can help to promote social distancing and order within the travel sector. These are being used across Malaysia and Singapore to great success and many businesses are seeing the advantage of social distancing barriers as impromptu one-way system markers, too.

This is why it’s important to keep up to date with all local principles of safety hygiene and sanitation. Read more about how to improve your housekeeping department.

Here at Rubbermaid Commercial Products, we stock safety barriers designed to sustain and hold up against even high traffic areas. They are constructed from lightweight and durable materials that make them easy to deploy and easy to store quickly.

Hand Hygiene

The fourth key principle of safety hygiene and sanitation in tourism and travel is hand hygiene. The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both issued recommendations for the travel and tourism sectors to ensure all guests, visitors, staff, and customers maintain constant hand hygiene.

You should be showcasing your commitment to hand hygiene from the moment that your customer walks through the door or begins interacting with your business. You can do this by keeping a bottle of hand sanitiser by the door or go for a more advanced resource such as our range of wall-mounted dispensers and free-standing hand hygiene stations.

Resources like the ones stocked at Rubbermaid Commercial Products are designed to minimise cross-contamination and give your guests more confidence in your business as an upholder of the principles of safety hygiene and sanitation in tourism and travel.

For more information about the principles of safety hygiene and sanitation in tourism and travel or to discuss your needs as a business, contact us with an enquiry.