With the cold and flu season already upon us, we should take extra precautions to avoid falling ill and spreading germs to those around us. After all, nobody wants to take time off during the holidays to fight a flu or cold. Considering that you spend a large portion of your day at work – a place where disease spreads like wildfire – it’s good to implement safety practices. You may be surprised to know that some of the most germ-filled objects and spots in your office are commonly used office tools and break room areas.
Would you believe that the bathrooms at your workplace are cleaner than the phone on your desk? It’s hard to imagine, but if you think about how often restrooms are cleaned compared to your workspace, it’s pretty believable. Many people grab the phone without knowing the amount of bacteria that exists on it. Workstations are often left uncleaned for a week or more, allowing bacteria and other pathogens to multiply, adding more as multiple people come into contact with these surfaces. Here’s a list of some of the most bacteria-filled items and places at your workplace:
- Office phone
- Desktop and computer hardware
- Copy and fax machines
- Break room appliances
Check out the following tips on how to minimize your exposure to harmful, disease-causing organisms that may be lingering in your workplace.
Wash Your Hands
Hand washing is the single most effective way to remove dangerous pathogens from the surface of your body. A little soap and water can go a long way to preventing disease. For extra measure, keep a bottle of antibacterial solution near your desk.
Clean Your Work Area
Make a habit of maintaining your desk to be dust and bacteria free, especially if it’s where you eat your lunch. All it takes is a little of your favorite multi-purpose cleaner to rid those pesky pathogens. Avoid neglecting your computer keyboard and mouse, too!
Get Your Flu Shot
While a flu shot won’t protect against all strains, it is an effective means of reducing the possibility of becoming ill. There are plenty of places that offer flu vaccines during the season. Keep in mind that it is best to get vaccinated early in the fall. It takes about two weeks for your body to develop antibodies that fight influenza.
Don’t Put Others at Risk
When one person becomes ill with a cold or flu at work, generally others will too within days. Don’t cause an outbreak and put others at risk. If you feel like you’re coming down with something, stay home and focus on recovering.
Professional Cleaning is a Safe Bet
Start the flu and cold season with a freshly cleaned office space. Now that colder weather is underway and the potential for illness is higher, professional cleaning is a great way to minimize the risk of disease. A thorough cleaning of your office, carpet and floors guarantees a germ-free environment for you and your employees. We even offer janitorial services for sanitary maintenance. To get a deep cleaning for your workspace, call Commercial Cleaning Services, Inc. in the Rio Grande Valley at (956) 702-3892.