Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Flu Season is Here - Helpful Tips for a Healthy Workplace


It’s that time of year!  Flu season can be detrimental to the productivity of your business.  These valuable tips will help you to minimize the threat of illness in the workplace.

1. Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces.  Viruses on surfaces like sink faucets and door handles can spread rapidly, especially in public places such as offices and stores.  Cleaning surfaces with disinfecting wipes can reduce surface contamination on these germ ‘hot spots.’  Studies show that implementing a “wash, wipe, sanitize” protocol in the workplace reduces the probability of catching the flu or common cold by 80%.

2. Wash your hands often.  Seems pretty simple, right?  Especially important before eating, after using the restroom and after being outside, use warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.  Dry your hands with a clean, fresh towel.  Use instant hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

3. Cover your cough with your elbow instead of your hand.  This technique helps to reduce the amount of germs released when you cough. 

4. Limit your time in the office kitchen.  Most people don’t realize that office kitchens are often a breeding ground for the flu.  Try not to share eating utensils, dishes or linens if possible.  During flu season, it’s best to use disposable products. 

5. If you are sick, stay home.  If you do become sick with flu-like symptoms, the CDC recommends that you stay home at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.  

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