Each year, businesses lose productivity and profit to the spread of the cold and flu viruses. Learn more about the effects on office buildings, healthcare and education facilities to prepare for cold and flu season. Then, take advantage of our helpful tips to keep your employees healthy and your buildings sanitary.
4 Tips for Prevention
Reduce absenteeism, decrease healthcare claims and provide a healthy and safer environment for employees and tenants with these tips:
- Supply paper towels instead of air dryers in restrooms to reduce the amount of bacteria left on hands after washing with hand soap
- Install hand sanitizer dispensers at building 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
Cold and flu season is responsible for nearly 44 million annual sick days in the U.S., resulting in almost $9.5 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
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 extensive sanitation and disinfecting programs with specialized cleaning products.
1 Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. H3N2 Spreading Rapidly Nationwide: Earlier, More Aggressive Flu Season Could Cost Employers $9.4 Billion. (2017).