How to avoid 80% of common illnesses in the workplace

Hygiene is the cornerstone of a healthy work environment. Effective hygiene solutions reduce absenteeism by ending the spread of millions of pathogens in your office every day. Good hygiene can counteract the following, Over 10 million variations of bacteria on desks The average office desk is 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat. What makes […]

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Hygiene is the cornerstone of a healthy work environment. Effective hygiene solutions reduce absenteeism by ending the spread of millions of pathogens in your office every day. Good hygiene can counteract the following,

Over 10 million variations of bacteria on desks

The average office desk is 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat. What makes this even more scary, is that bacteria cannot be seen, and even the tidiest workspace can be home to thousands of germs and microbes.

80% of common illnesses are spread by touching

Due to COVID-19, many people are avoiding physical contact with colleagues and acquaintances, opting to elbow-bump and nod instead. However, many office surfaces are plagued by microbes that can spread common illnesses with a touch. Your desk phone, keyboard and bathroom door handle are breeding grounds.

Germs spread after bathroom breaks

A recent study found that up to 40% of people do not wash their hands after using the bathroom, which means that the spread off bacteria escalates as people leave the bathroom and touch various surfaces in the office.

Foodborne illnesses are a real problem

It’s important to discourage people from eating at their desks, as foodborne viruses such as stomach bugs can cause serious illness and increase absenteeism.

Each of the above hygiene issues can be solved by specialised hygiene solutions from Servest. Here are some tips,

1. Robust cleaning schedule

Thorough cleaning at least twice daily, prevents germs and microbes from harvesting on office surfaces.

2. Hand sanitising stations beyond the usual

Include sanitation stations beyond just building entrances, bathrooms, breakrooms, and co-working spaces, ensuring employees and visitors hands are cleaned at every touchpoint.

3. Designated eating areas

Food remnants are notorious for causing odours and spreading germs. Designate a canteen area and clean thoroughly throughout the day.

4. Education

Many organisations implement hygiene solutions that go unused as people don’t know about them. Educate employees on the importance of hygiene and the hygiene stations in the building. This will result in better adoption and cleaner, safer working environments.

To learn more about how Servest can help you with hygiene solutions, contact us.

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