During cold and flu season it’s important to take preventative measures to keep your facility healthy and productive. However, it can be hard to know exactly what to do to keep bacteria from spreading throughout an area. So, how do you keep your facility healthy during cold and flu season?

Certain surfaces have alarmingly high levels of bacteria. It’s important to increase cleaning and disinfecting in high-touch areas that have a greater likelihood of being infected with harmful germs and bacteria.

Germ Hot Spots are Everywhere

Did you know that the average desk has more than 20,000 germs per square inch? Germ hot spots vary from workplace to workplace, so make sure that those in your facility are included in your routine cleaning to eliminate germs and bacteria. There are many potential germ hot spots, like elevator buttons, door handles, escalator rails, restrooms and many more depending on your facility.

Three Simple Steps to Wellness

People with the flu can infect others 24 hours before they feel sick, and 80 per cent of infectious illnesses are spread through hands and surfaces. Prevent an outbreak before it happens by following these three simple steps:

  1. Wash
    Proper hand washing is the best way to reduce the spread of germs. Using paper towels to dry hands after washing can reduce the level of bacteria on them by up to 77 per cent.
  2. Wipe
    Wipe down surfaces daily to kill germs and bacteria that may accumulate there.
  3. Sanitize
    Using hand sanitizing can reduce your sick days up to 21 per cent.

Check out this guide for more information on how to protect your people this cold and flu season