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5 Tips to Prevent the Spread of Flu at Your Workplace

Last Updated:

January 20th, 2021

During flu season there are extra precautions you can take to help lower the chances of illness in your facility. In this article we take a look at tips you can implement that can help reduce the spread of the flu in your workplace.

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1. Encourage Your Workers to Get a Flu Shot.

The most effective way to prevent the flu in your workplace is to encourage your workers to get their annual flu shot. This is the single biggest thing you can do to keep your workplace safe from the flu. The CDC provides information about who should and shouldn’t get the flu shot.

Not only will the flu shot help prevent workers from getting ill, it has also been shown to lessen the severity of the flu in people who got the shot and still got sick.

2. Clean Shared Spaces and Equipment

It is important to know the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting. Sanitizing means lowering germs to a safe level, according to public health standards, while disinfecting means using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. 

While cleaning, wear disposable gloves, and discard them after every cleaning. Make sure to follow the instructions on the label of the products you are using, and wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning.

Clean workspaces and high traffic areas.

Cleaning workspace and high traffic areas can help prevent the spread of germs. Using gloves and EPA-approved chemicals, wipe down furniture and equipment in common areas shared by many employees such as break rooms, boardrooms, and bathrooms. 

Clean shared equipment and high traffic touch points

Encourage workers to clean equipment after use, especially equipment used by multiple people. Countertops in the lunchroom, keyboards and phones in the office, desks, and doorknobs. Implementing a regular cleaning schedule will help keep germs at bay.

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3. Encourage Proper Hygiene Practices.

Proper hygiene practices can help lower the risk of catching illnesses and also reduce the spread of flu and other diseases to others.

  • Wash hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water

  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, or eyes

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue

4. Encourage Sick Workers To Wake Sick Days.

Advise employees to stay home when they are feeling sick. People with the flu are most contagious during the first three days of the illness. Therefore, limiting contact with people experiencing flu-like symptoms will help prevent the spread to others.

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5. Stock Up on Cleaning Products.

Having a good supply of disinfectant spray, tissues, wipes, and hand-sanitizer that is easily accessible will make it easier for everyone to keep themselves cleaner and safer and to wipe down areas and equipment after use. Due to the rise of Covid-19, keeping cleaning products stocked is a much greater challenge. Find out how AABS can help.

How AABS Can Help Keep Your Facility Healthy 

Our cleaning professionals are trained not only to make your workplace shine, but also to help keep it safer and healthier for everyone. Since no two businesses are the same, our services are tailored to your facility’s unique cleaning needs.

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Specialized Cleaning Equipment and Knowledge

At AABS, our cleaning professionals are trained to know disinfecting standards and can bring your facility into compliance. 

We use the best cleaning technology available, from medical-grade cleaning products that both defeat and prevent the growth of germs, to color-coded cloths and flat mops to prevent cross-contamination. Our HEPA filter vacuums trap airborne particles and improve indoor air quality.

Regular Cleaning Routine

We offer cleaning services to fit around your schedule. Whether it is an overnight clean or day porter service, one or seven days a week, our professional janitorial team will be there to help eliminate disease causing germs whenever you need us.

A regular cleaning service keeps your facility cleaner and safer for you, your employees, and your clients. If you have already experienced an outbreak or need emergency services please contact us right away.

Keep your team safe against the flu with AABS.

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