Infection Prevention in the Cleaning Industry
By Rachel Cross
It’s that time of year again; coughing, stuffy noses, and the flu season. Especially in an office environment, sitting close to your co-workers who are sick can increase your likelihood significantly in becoming infected. Flu season is one of the busiest times in the cleaning industry, and U.S. businesses lose billions of dollars every year due to flu outbreaks. Being sick during the holidays isn’t ideal timing, but there are several tips you can follow to reduce your chances.
For the flu specifically, getting vaccinated can decrease your chances of getting infected by 60 percent. A vaccinated employee will both reduce the chances that they get sick as well as their fellow employees. Hosting pop up clinics in the fall or providing a list of clinic resources to your employees is a great way to motivate them to get vaccinated.
Employees get sick by surface contamination. When a sick person touches an object such as a door handle or sink, other individuals will be put at risk of becoming infected. In addition, coughing and sneezing without covering your mouth causes germs to enter the air which are then breathed in by other employees. Reminding your workers to properly wash their hands, to regularly use hand sanitizer, as well as to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing are small steps that can reduce illness in the workplace.
STAY AT HOME
The greatest chance of reducing illnesses at work is to encourage employees to stay at home, even for mild symptoms. Workplaces should reevaluate their sick policies so that employees can still contribute for the day even if they stay at home. For example, making it easier for employees to do some work from home during this time of year can assist with employees staying at home when their ill.
STOCK UP ON SUPPLIES
Stocking up on supplies such as hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes for each employee is a great way to prevent infection as well during flu season. Using wipes on commonly touched surfaces such as door handles, bathroom sinks, and desks is highly recommended.
MORE OFFICE CLEANING
We can’t forget the most relevant tip to the cleaning industry; an increase in office cleaning. In addition to increasing the amount of time to clean the office, Jan-Pro can use EnviroShield more frequently. EnviroShield uses an eco-friendly disinfectant that eliminates 99.9 percent of flu particles that people come into contact with.
To learn more about our infection prevention practices or if you’re interested in receiving a free quote on our cleaning services, call 864-458-3053 today.