Preventing Cold & Flu
Each year, business environments are negatively impacted by cold and flu season as viruses are spread quickly among occupants through commonly touched surfaces. To minimize potential exposure to cold and flu, read some important facts about how office buildings, healthcare and education facilities are affected, then take advantage of our helpful tips to keep your facility as healthy and sanitary as possible.
Each year, cold and flu season is responsible for nearly 17 million sick days in the U.S., resulting in a nearly $87 billion of financial burden on the business economy.1 The following key areas in the office buildings have the highest likelihood of harboring cold- and flu-causing germs:
- Public Restrooms
- Common areas and gathering places like the lobby and meeting rooms
- Desktops and door handles
- Building entrances
Follow these tips to reduce absenteeism, decrease healthcare claims and provide a healthy and safer environment for employees:
- Supply paper towels instead of air dryers in restrooms to help reduce the amount of bacteria left on hands after washing with hand soap
- Install PURELL® hand sanitizer dispensers at entrances, in the lobby and outside restrooms
- Provide cleaning staff with disinfecting wipes, microfiber cloths and sanitizing or disinfecting cleaning chemicals to keep commonly touched surfaces sanitary and safe
- Have facial tissue readily available for building occupants to reduce spread of germs
Schools are an easy place for germs to spread among students, teachers and faculty. It is imperative to clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces like desks, bathroom stall handles and water fountains to keep students in school and learning this cold and flu season.
Healthcare and long-term care facilities face a year-round risk of the spread of germs and viruses among patients and staff, requiring an extensive sanitation and disinfecting program with specialized cleaning products.
1 Molinari NA et al Vaccine 25, 2007