Keep Your Office Healthy This Cold and Flu Season

With the changing temperatures we get ready for another round of cold and flu season.  Cold and flu viruses spread easily from person to person in close proximity and are often passed along on shared surfaces, making your office a Petri dish.  Contact with contaminated surfaces is one of the greatest contributing factors to getting sick.  Here are some common office “hot spots”*:

  • Other people’s hands
  • Doorknobs and handles (including microwaves and refrigerators)
  • Copier machine buttons and parts
  • Another person’s keyboard and phone
  • Coffee pot handle
  • Elevator buttons
  • Countertops
  • Shared books, files, and other office materials

 

To keep your office healthy, remind your staff to regularly wash their hands for at least 15-20 seconds with soap.  Have hand sanitizer readily available for employees and customers. Encourage your employees to be vaccinated against the flu and send sick employees home.

*Source: http://www.simmons.edu/hygieneandhealth/docs/Microsoft_Word_-_Tips_for_Preventing_Cold_and_Flu_in_the_Workplace.pdf

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