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What You Can Do to Prevent the Flu From Spreading in the Workplace

It’s no secret that this year’s influenza season is among the worst we’ve seen since 2009. Approximately 6.6 percent of all hospital and doctor visits so far this year are flu-like illnesses and 37 pediatric deaths have been reported due to complications from the flu. Also, doctors are predicting that this particular flu season will last until late May, which means thousands of businesses, schools, and healthcare facilities will continue to be affected this year. It is vital for businesses to understand the importance of a healthy work environment. There are steps you can be taking both at home and at the office in order to stop the influenza virus from spreading. It is important to know the right strategies for properly cleaning and disinfecting areas that are “hotbeds” for germs. Here’s your game plan for preventing the flu from spreading around the office.

  1. Always use microfiber cloths and categorize each section of the office or home with multi-colored cloths. This stops you from using the same cloth for different surface areas and prevents any cross-contamination, especially when it comes to the influenza virus.
  2. Throw out all dish sponges and scrubbers. Though they may be more economical than paper towels, it is important to stop the transfer of any germs from one surface area to the other. (I.e. Plastic food containers, coffee cups, plates, and utensils)
  3. Use masks and gloves when disinfecting high traffic areas such as kitchens, lobbies, foyers, and conference rooms. Pay special attention to using masks when cleaning rugs, carpets, and window treatments such as blinds due to dust particles flying in the air.
  4. Telephones, computers and digital devices must be sanitized at least once-a-day during flu season. This will help slow the progression of the flu from spreading from person to person.
  5. Stock the office with plenty of multipurpose wipes, hand sanitizer bottles and Emergen-C. It’s never too late to encourage staff members to take measures themselves while sitting in the office.

Another way to help prevent the flu from spreading at the office is making it easier and more convenient for employees to receive the flu shot on site. This gives staff the ability to work while essentially taking no time off for getting the shot. This also promotes overall wellbeing throughout the office.

The key takeaway to keep in mind is that the more work you put into preparing your office for flu season, the greater chance of having no one out sick from the flu. This means employees can be more productive and more efficient throughout the entire flu season. If you’re in need of office cleaning services, especially during this flu season, please contact Anago Cleaning Systems (800)-213-5857.


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