Infectious diseases cost employers and employees billions in lost productivity, wages and sick time every year. Additionally, employees who attempt to work while ill are less productive and risk infecting other people they come into contact with. Keeping your facility clean and disinfected can reduce the number of employees who become ill due to the spread of infectious disease in the workplace.
1. Deep Clean Areas Where Sick Employees Have Been Working
If one or more of your employees has been sick with an infectious disease, it is important to thoroughly clean and disinfect all areas those employees came in contact with. If possible, close those areas off until disinfection is complete. Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation. If the space needs vacuuming, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Clean and then disinfect all surfaces in the work area, including computer keyboards, mice, telephones, bathrooms, desks and other equipment. Consider employing a virus decontamination Connecticut company to ensure all areas are properly disinfected, including difficult to clean surfaces such as carpets and other porous materials.
2. Pay Special Attention to High Touch Surfaces
Surfaces that are touched frequently are both more likely to be contaminated with viruses and bacteria, and more likely to be vectors for transmission because they are touched often and by many people. Examples of high-touch surfaces include doorknobs, light switches, phones, keyboards, tables, sinks, faucets and toilets. Clean these surfaces with soap and water and then wipe them down with disinfectant. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure you are using the product correctly and that it is safe to use on the type of surface you are cleaning.
3. Do Not Forget Electronics
Many electronics, such as tablets, smartphones and computer screens, are touch-activated, which makes them highly susceptible to contamination. A wipeable cover can make it easier to clean these items without potentially damaging them. If it is not practical to use a removable cover, check the manufacturer’s instructions for safe cleaning products or if there are none, consider using an alcohol-based spray or wipe that contains at least 70% alcohol. Be sure to dry the items afterward.
Regularly cleaning and disinfecting your facility can reduce the spread of infectious diseases in your workplace. However, no cleaning protocol is 100% effective, so it is still important to take other measures, such as encouraging sick employees to stay home.