07 Jul Janitorial Services
Last year Forbes issued a report stating that 2017/18 flu season could be the worst and that vaccines were only 10 per cent effective.
This is quite a gloomy forecast, which seems to be repeated year after year.
In light of these fact many facility managers are challenged to find ways to decrease their buildings’ exposure to the virus. Below are 3 great tactics to implement today to keep your building occupants healthy during this dangerous time.
Implement a touch point cleaning approach
Touch point cleanup includes a targeted approach to areas most exposed to hands throughout the day: light switches, door handles, telephones, elevator buttons, etc. A study conducted by Kimberly-Clark showed that providing hand sanitizers, face tissues, and wipes along with briefing employees about high frequency touch areas helps to reduce the number of viruses contaminated surfaces by 62%. Additionally, employee absence time can be reduced by 45%.
Ask your cleaning company about the disinfection services they offer
The main thing you need to know about the disinfection is that it is not possible to clean and disinfect in one step. Many germs can hide underneath dirt and other materials. This makes cleaning and disinfecting at the same time ineffective. Taking into account that the flu virus can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours, many janitorial providers offer an additional step of disinfection to support the facility team in their fight against the virus.
Make sure your janitorial service provider uses the right equipment
The flu virus is an airborne disease that begins to spread even before a person feels that he/she is falling sick. One of the best ways to prevent spreading of the virus is to focus on IAQ (indoor air quality). Make sure that your janitorial service provider uses the HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter vacuums that remove 99.9% of even the smallest particles thus preventing them from being blown right back into the work atmosphere.
We know it is much easier to prevent issues versus solving them. Aside from the tips mentioned above, we recommend facility managers work directly with the leadership/HR team to encourage employees to stay home while feeling sick!
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