Preventing Colds and Flu
Unplanned workplace absences result in a 54% decrease in employee productivity. Reduce the impact of cold and flu season on productivity in your building by providing occupants and staff with disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, facial tissues, and other essential items. Choose antibacterial hand soaps and three-ply anti-viral tissues, which are sneeze-resistant and have a disinfecting middle layer that helps kill cold and flu viruses.
Unfortunately, 74% of parents send their kids to school sick. That is why it is important to teach students the importance of proper hand hygiene. Proper hand hygiene tops the list for preventing colds and flu. 67% of those who practice good handwashing did not get the flu. Place hand soap in a closed dispenser system and station hand sanitizer in key places, such as outside entrance doors and restrooms. Make sure your custodians are properly sanitizing high-touch places, such as door knobs and water fountain spigots. There are 20 times more germs lurking on water fountain spigots than on the average toilet seats.
For health care facilities, make sure your staff is in compliance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC). According to the CDC, hand hygiene compliance is less than 50% in long-term health care facilities. About 1 in 25 patients will contract a hospital-acquired infection (HIA) during their hospital stay.
Take steps now to reduce the impact of cold and flu season. Our infographic lists five key items to add to your building supplies now as well as compelling facts about cold and flu season.