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1. Be aware of the touch points in your office. Computer keyboards, telephone receivers, coffee machines, refrigerator doors, doorknobs, elevator buttons, faucet handles, counter tops, railings, etc.
According to the CDC, the human influenza viruses can survive on surfaces between two to eight hours.
Knowing touch points is important but what are you supposed to do about it? That brings us to points 2 and 3: hand washing and disinfecting.
2. Wash your hands with soap and water, or an alcohol based rub. Hand washing is the most powerful way to prevent spreading flu germs. Alcohol-based hand disinfectants work as well.
-Keep hand disinfectants at your desk and in your car during flu season.
-For more information visit http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/
The next point may be out of your control, but wouldn’t you sleep better knowing that your janitorial spend was going toward something that worked?
3. Disinfect surfaces with a hospital grade disinfectant cleaner. Luckily for me Able® Janitors clean my office and they use a hospital grade disinfectant cleaner that is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria. Our disinfectant is veridical, fungicidal, and inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, and other odors.
-The following bacteria are disinfected: CA-MRSA, MRSA, Staphylococcus aureus, VISA, VRE
-The following viruses are disinfected: HIV-1, HBV, HCV, and Influenza A2/Hong Kong
Able ® has consciously made the decision to protect tenants against the spread of sickness. We clean green; we put an emphasis on the environment, the health of our employees, and the well-being of tenants. To learn more about the some of our supplies please visit http://info.waxie.com/green/waxie-green-dilution-control
Managers with deadlines may not want to hear the following advice, but a few sick days for one person has much less of an effect on the company than an entire department out for the week.
4. If you are sick, then go home. If you are at work with sick people, then try to avoid contact with them. Those sick soldiers show they are dedicated to their work, which is respectable, but it’s also old fashioned. Germs are transmitted easily when you live in close quarters during winter months because we spend much of our time indoors. If you have the flu or a cold, avoid getting close to that aren’t sick. Don’t spread the misery; stay home.
Do you have weekly communications with your tenants? Did you send out a notification about a transit strike? It might be a good idea to share some knowledge with your tenants about stopping the spread of the flu in your building.
5. Educate your buildings’ inhabitants. A seasonal update or a placement within your normal communications schedule will do the trick. Maybe you could bring by some sanitizer to the tenants’ suites? Sharing is caring, as long as it isn’t your sickness.
If you would like more information about the flu please visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/
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