3 tips to keep your business safe from infection
UK flu levels continue to hit the headlines after a record winter outbreak, with the most recent data released by Public Health England on 15th February showing that, whilst they are beginning to stabilise, flu continues to circulate across the UK. Employees are particularly vulnerable to infections during the winter months, especially those in large commercial premises where there is a high density of people.
It’s vital, therefore, that buildings are cleaned regularly and meticulously, whatever the season, to protect against contagious infections. Norovirus, flu and the common cold are often passed from person to person through indirect contact; for example, via an infected person’s workplace environment.
Some of the most inconspicuous but commonly touched surfaces can get overlooked. Frequently used objects such as lift buttons, kettles, microwaves and door handles present the greatest threat of germs spreading. Harmful bacteria can live on these surfaces for up to 48 hours, exposing more people to the risk of infection as they come into contact with these areas.
Our focus on delivering secure commercial cleaning® to our customers means our cleaning teams are well-trained in health and safety, hygiene and infection prevention. Our cleaning methods and our BICSc Accredited Training Academy are audited every year against BICSc standards. This involves a very thorough, detailed check of mandatory and basic cleaning tasks that is highly focussed on safe systems of work, methodology, risk assessments and best practices. We know how to use the right equipment and techniques, and where germ hotspots are likely to occur and the importance of thoroughly cleaning them daily to keep our clients safe. This reduces the spread of infection, leading to a healthier workplace.
A study into ‘Britain’s Healthiest Workplace’ by health insurance provider, VitalityHealth in 2017 found that employees lose an average of 30.4 working days a year due to sickness absence and underperformance at work due to ill-health. Their research found that presenteeism – where employees choose to work while they are sick – increased in 2017.
PersonnelToday.com highlights that, “in addition to the direct costs of employee absence, (paying sick pay and paying someone else to perform the absent employee’s work), high levels of absence can demotivate those employees who have to take on the absent employee’s work, cause all-round disruption to productivity and adversely affect an employer’s continuity of service to its clients.”
Our top three tips to improve workplace well-being are:
- Ensure a regular and thorough cleaning schedule for the entire building, which must meet The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) standards
- Introduce clean desk initiatives, which can bring additional benefits including increasing staff and the organisation’s safety and security.
- Employees shouldn’t feel under pressure to come into the office when obviously unwell. This way infections can be prevented from spreading round the workplace.