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TOMORROW’S CLEANING AUGUST 09
this could be good news for the cleaning industry. • Establish clear criteria for employees to
It would seem that the cleaning industry goes
return to work.
hand in hand with swine flu, with several • Be prepared - plan ahead for disruption to
manufacturers offering a range of products to suppliers, even those providing basic
combat the spread of germs and viruses and to facilities such as power and water.
meet the NHS guidelines.
While Swine Flu is an obvious cause for
Since the outbreak that began in Mexico earlier concern, and every fatality is a tragedy, if it
this year, there has been a reported rise in serves to make people more aware of their own
several products including tissues, hand personal hygiene then this is certainly not a
sanitizers and protective face masks. To put it bad thing. It has been positive opportunity for
cleanly, personal and public hygiene has never the cleaning industry, and has re-instilled the
been so popular. importance of basic hygiene worldwide.
Business Advice
As Swine Flu is not the first or the last of its
What are the symptoms?
kind, it is advised by many health
organisations that hand hygiene is vital in
The symptoms of swine flu are broadly the
• Always cover your nose and mouth with a
avoiding the spread of other germs and
same as those of ordinary flu, but may be
tissue when coughing or sneezing.
allergies. Investing in some key products for
more severe and cause more serious
your working environment could help to keep
complications.
• Disposing of dirty tissues promptly
and carefully.
the sniffles at bay. The typical symptoms are:
Several UK organisations have also issued
• Sudden fever,
• Maintaining good basic hygiene. Wash your
hands with soap and hot water or a sanitizer
advice to businesses about how to handle the
• Sudden cough.
gel often.
pandemic and what underlying precautions
need to be taken to avoid further spread.
Other symptoms may include:
• Clean hard surfaces, such as door handles, • Headache,
frequently using a normal cleaning product.
The Cabinet Office has released a checklist of
• Tiredness,
options that businesses should consider,
• Confirm a network of ‘flu friends’ – friends
alongside a leaflet, Introductory Advice to Staff
• Chills,
and relatives – who could help you if you
on Planning for Pandemic Influenza, which
• Aching muscles,
fall ill.
offers further advice.
• Limb or joint pain,
• Know your NHS number and those of
Business Link also recommends emailing all
• Diarrhoea or an upset stomach,
other family members and keep them in a
staff the NHS leaflet on swine flu to ensure that
• Sore throat,
safe place.
everyone is well-educated in event of
• Runny nose,
• Make sure you have a thermometer and
symptoms occurring. Their website further
• Sneezing,
adequate quantities of cold and cough
advises that all non-essential travel to Mexico • Loss of appetite.
remedies in your medicine cupboard in
and other heavily infected areas should be
If you are concerned that you or a family
case you or your family are affected by
avoided.
member may have swine flu, visit the
swine flu.
The London School of Hygiene has several National Pandemic Flu Service, for an
Cleaning Industry
suggestions for practice in the work-place: online assessment and, if required, an
Yet while most of us have developed an • Take measures to ensure that employees
authorisation number that can be used to
aversion to anyone with a sniffle and are can work further apart to avoid transmission
collect antiviral medication.
worrying about even the smallest of sneezes, of the virus.
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