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Prepare your Facility for the Flu Season

September 26th, 2019   •   No Comments   

Pretty black woman blowing her nose with a tissue outdoor in winter. Young african woman getting sick with flu in a winter day. Woman with a cold rubs nose with handkerchief.

While at the doctor this week, I was reminded that once again it’s flu season. The flu season usually starts in October and doesn’t tend to wind down until as late as May. Yikes – these are prime months for the outbreak and we all know how quickly it can spread. While my doctor’s office discussed the importance of the flu vaccination, I was reminded how important it is to also ensure our facilities stay clean and germ free as well. Cleaning professionals are often on the frontlines when it comes to battling virus outbreaks and can decrease the impact of an outbreak within your facility.

Here are some tips as to how you can help prepare your facility for the flu season:

  1. Invest in more regular deep cleanings and carpet cleanings – Many dust particles are comprised of dead skin cells that can still transmit illnesses. To reduce the risk of infection, a deep cleaning is necessary
  2. Have disinfectant readily available and easily accessible. Having it available near doorways or entry ways that experience heavy traffic is ideal. If you don’t have these already installed, your cleaning company can often do this for you
  3. Remove trash daily and wash trash containers regularly – your cleaning company should be able to do this for you
  4. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water – again, your cleaning company can ensure the dispensers are in place and they are being refilled regularly
  5. Encourage sick employees to stay home – managers and leaders should set the example here and do the same

The key to preventing the spread of the flu virus is to stop it from the start. Those in the cleaning profession play an essential role here as they are the frontline specialists charged with cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting areas where infectious diseases may be present. Be diligent in ensuring your cleaning team is being aggressive on this front and you can help protect your staff and yourself.

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