Aspire to a Near Germ-Free Office Environment During Flu Season

At MD Building Services, we offer 360-degree office cleaning that includes Influenza Pandemic Service. Our dedicated and experienced staff will come in and detail clean and disinfect your space helping to insure a clean and healthy environment for all your employees and guest alike.

Here are 5 tips to keeping an office more germ-free during flu season:

  1. Educate your employees about the importance of handwashing and teach them the proper method of washing hands. Employers should post signs in restrooms or break areas, illustrating a step-by-step process of washing hands appropriately.
  2. Ensure that disinfecting wipes and dispensers of hand sanitizer are readily available. Setting up stations around the office can reduce cross-contamination in the workplace. The flu virus can live up to eight hours or longer on items like desks, keyboards, telephones, fax, and other office equipment. Cleaning frequently touched common areas with a disinfecting solution can reduce the spread of germs from employee-to-employee. flu season
  3. Encourage employees to stay home whenever possible if they are sick. Individuals can spread their illnesses if they show up at the office while contagious. Though most employers offer sick days, some individuals shy away from using them. It is critical that employers encourage their employees to take time off so that the employee can recover sooner and prevent others from getting ill —reducing overall absenteeism.
  4. Host a flu vaccination clinic at office locations. It can be difficult for employees to schedule a doctor appointment and get vaccinated. Consider offering flu vaccination onsite to make it easier for staff at no or low cost to them. You can also make arrangements with your local pharmacy such as CVS or Walgreens who offer free vaccines.
  5. Install touch-less paper towel and soap dispensers. These types of dispensers reduce cross-contamination and simplify hygiene practices for employees, helping to better regulate overall office hygiene.  Place waste baskets by the exit so paper towels can be used to open the door and then thrown away.

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