How to Protect Your Facility From Covid-19 AND The Flu

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

“An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure” is a phrase that couldn’t be more appropriate right now. Successful business owners know employees are their biggest assets. Work to keep your staff as healthy as possible while in the office.

Fight the War on Germs  

CDC covid-19 illustrationreveals the ultrastructural characteristics of the disease

Public health officials agree on a few common steps that all businesses can take in fighting the war on germs this winter. 

  • Increase the frequency of cleanings. 
  • Use antibacterial products that are effective & approved to kill germs and viruses. 
  • Learn the difference between cleaning, sanitation & disinfection.
  • Consider investing in antimicrobial office products for your staff. 
  • Clean all high-touch spots frequently. 
  • Keep a steady supply of hand sanitizer available. 

In addition, educate your staff on how they can do their part to stay healthy with our flu-season check-list.  

Escalate Your Cleaning Efforts 

A cleaning person wearing blue gloves wiping down a phone in the office with a cloth

Facility confidence is paramount. Raise confidence levels for your employees by increasing the frequency of cleanings. Make sure your janitorial & facility crews have the products they need to clean, sanitize and disinfect your office. While there is no universal protocol for deep cleaning, if your janitorial team is cleaning high-touch places more frequently, with the right disinfectants, you are on the right track. 

Stay up to date with information from government resources regarding the cleaning & safety of your facility, such as:

Effective Disinfectant Products 

Cleaning supplies on a wooden table including bleach and hand sanitizer

There is a difference between cleaning, sanitation & disinfection. 

Cleaning removes dirt and impurities from surfaces with soap, detergent and water. The CDC has recommended cleaning all areas, especially high-touch areas, with soap and water first. However, soap and water will not necessarily kill germs.  

Sanitizing will lower the number of germs, but disinfecting will extinguish them.  

Keep your facility safe by providing your janitorial staff with effective cleaning & disinfectant products.  

Hit the High-Touch Spots 

Employee holding a glass door open in the office

High-touch surfaces in the workplace include a wide variety of objects. This list includes but is not limited to:  

  • Light-switches
  • Doorknobs
  • Handrails
  • Desks
  • Chairs
  • Telephones
  • Breakroom sink faucet handles
  • Elevator Buttons
  • Keyboards
  • Vending Machine Buttons
  • Computer mice
  • Printers
  • Refrigerator door handles 
  • Water fountain buttons
  • Microwave door handles
  • Coffee pots and dispensers

Obviously, anything in the office that is touched by more than one person is considered a high-touch point. More emphasis is being put on the breakroom area and personal office spaces, instead of just bathrooms and other more obvious areas. Disinfecting the dirtiest places in the officefrequently and effectively will help prevent the spread of the flu and Covid-19.

Stock up on Soap & Sanitizers 

Someone lathering their hands with soap at the sink

Keep your employees safe by promoting good hygiene habits. Frequent hand-washing will require a steady supply of hand-soap and paper towels. Public officials recommend having more hand-washing dispensers to encourage more frequent hand-washing. Your staff will also need anti-bacterial wipes so that they can clean their personal office spaces more often.

CMF has everything you need to keep your employees and your customers safe. Stock up on antimicrobial and antibacterial productssanitizers and soap.

Is your office reopening or are you looking to implement or continue safe workplace practices? CMF can help!