Have you ever thought about how many bacteria and viruses there are on your workplace surfaces?
Take a look at these facts: There are 21,000 germs per square inch on your mouse, keyboard and chair. Thus, your desk itself is home to about 10 million bacteria! Meanwhile, only 3% of offices sufficiently clean their equipment. One person carrying a virus will infect 50% of all equipment and employees in their vicinity in just four hours, while 80% of infections spread via contact with contaminated surfaces and not through coughing and sneezing.
So how many germs have you touched today?
Workplace is one of the most risky places for people to be exposed due the way the flu virus is transmitted, and the cost of employees coming to work sick and infecting others costs British employers billions of dollars in lost productivity every year. Flu season usually starts in October and continues up until May, with its peak between December and February. Infected people deposit viruses and bacteria on public surfaces, and then those that touch the same contaminated surfaces afterwards, transfer the germs to their fingers and then their eyes and thus can be exposed to the flu. Promoting good hygiene can thus slow the spread.
What is important to keep in mind to be sure your office is protected from viruses?
Wash hands regularly as washing hands with soap and water for 15 seconds reduces bacterial counts by about 90%.
Provide hand sanitizer to employees in multiple locations.
Keep disinfectant wipes in the office and encourage employees to disinfect their personal work space.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Encourage employees to stay home if they’re sick.
This strategy isn’t just great for flu season; it can help prevent illness throughout the year.
In addition, having a commercial cleaning service professionally disinfect your work space routinely is the most-effective flu prevention strategy. Proper disinfecting kills 90% of germs, including the flu virus. That’s why during flu season, your commercial cleaning program should include regular disinfecting services. Thus you can not only make sure your office looks good, but also that it is a safe and healthy environment for your workers.
Dazzle Office Cleaning Company can help you maintain health and safety at workplace. We’re committed to providing office cleaning services with the City of London and Birmingham.
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