Flu season is coming, and viruses and bacterial infections can take a serious toll on the productivity of your employees. When productivity slows, so do your revenues, so it’s important to prepare for flu season before it strikes. Follow these tips to prep your facility:
1. Talk about Flu Shots
The flu shot is one of the best ways to prevent the flu. Encourage your employees to get one and consider listing nearby pharmacies that offer them in an email or on the break room bulletin board.
2. Encourage Hand Washing
The other best way to avoid spreading flu germs is to wash your hands! Make it easy for your employees by keeping your restrooms stocked with hand soap and paper towels, and place hand sanitizers throughout your facility for those times when handwashing isn’t immediately possible.
3. Focus on Germ Hot Spots
Remind your employees about germ hot spots and talk to them about regularly cleaning and disinfecting their personal items at the office, like keyboards, staplers and even pens. While these items don’t need to be cleaned every day, if an employee has the flu, encourage him or her to wipe down these common items before sharing them.
4. Prevent Cross Contamination when Cleaning
Use color-coded cleaning cloths to eliminate the risk of cross contamination. When you always use blue cloths for bathrooms and green ones to wipe down desks, you’ll know right away if you’ve made a mistake.
5. Disinfect Touch Points
Like the hot spots you talked to your employees about, these are frequently-touched surfaces that can harbor germs. These more public objects need to be cleaned regularly, including light switches, hand rails, door knobs, telephones, elevator buttons and business machines.
A healthy facility doesn’t happen by accident. It is made intentionally by following these steps and using the highest quality cleaning supplies in Erie. Talk to our team today about how our supplies can help you create a healthy, happy facility this flu season.