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Preparing Your Facility for Flu Season

The flu and common cold can seriously impact employee productivity. When productivity goes down, so do revenues because employees need to take time off to recuperate or aren’t doing their best work.

Follow these tips to keep your facility healthy during the upcoming flu season:

1. Spread the Word

The single best way to prevent getting the flu is by getting a flu shot. Encourage your employees to get one and consider listing nearby pharmacies that offer them on a breakroom bulletin board or in an email.

2. Make it Easy

The other best way to avoid spreading flu germs is to wash your hands! Make it easy for your employees by keeping your restrooms stocked with hand soap and paper towels, and place hand sanitizers throughout your facility for those times when handwashing isn’t immediately possible.

3. Talk About Hot Spots

Remind your employees about germ hot spots and talk to them about regularly cleaning and disinfecting their personal items at the office, like keyboards, staplers and even pens. While these items don’t need to be cleaned every day, if an employee has the flu, encourage him or her to wipe down these common items before sharing them.

4. Avoid Cross Contamination

Use color-coded cleaning cloths to eliminate the risk of cross contamination. When you always use blue cloths for bathrooms and green ones to wipe down desks, you’ll know right away if you’ve made a mistake.

5. Focus on Touch Points

Like the hot spots you talked to your employees about, these are frequently-touched surfaces that can harbor germs. These more public objects need to be cleaned regularly, including light switches, hand rails, door knobs, telephones, elevator buttons and business machines.

A healthy office doesn’t happen by accident. It is created intentionally by following these steps and using the highest quality cleaning supplies in Boston. Talk to our team today about how our supplies can help you create a healthy, happy office this flu season!