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5 SIMPLE STEPS TO PREVENT FLU OUTBREAK IN YOUR FACILITY

- Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Did you know the flu contributes to 111 million lost workdays and 7 billion dollars in productivity for U.S. employers each year? With the flu season upon us, the time to take action is now. The good news is that the Center for Disease Control provides several suggestions to lessen the chance of an outbreak in your facility. 


1. Know the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. According to the CDC the purpose of cleaning is to remove dirt and impurities from surfaces. The purpose of disinfecting is to kill germs. Both should be done regularly during flu season.


2.  Daily clean and disinfect objects that are touched often during flu season. This includes keyboards, desk, and doorknobs. Bathrooms and other commons areas such as break rooms should also be cleaned/disinfected daily. Disinfecting wipes can be a good choice for these type of surfaces just be mindful to use them according to product directions. 


3. Nothing can replace a good hand washing. The CDC repeatedly stresses that washing hands with warm water and antibacterial soap is one of the most effective methods to prevent the flu. Note that hand sanitizers do not kill some strains of the flu virus, thus hand washing becomes even more important. 
4. Make items such as no-touch trashcans and tissues easily available to all employees. These inexpensive measures can save thousands of dollars in lost productivity.


5. Make education a corporate affair. Discuss flu prevention measures with employees. It is a good idea to consider offering the flu vaccination at the workplace. Have a policy in place to deal with employee sick leave and when the employee will be able to return to work. 


Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Wishing you a productive, prosperous, and flu-free 2014. 




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