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behaviour will also play a part. Make sure kitchens are equipped with soap, sanitising and drying equipment. Place hand washing reminders around the sink area and throughout the office; and explain how regularly washing hands and kitchen equipment such as mugs and spoons, can help reduce the spread of winter bugs.

2. Load up desk space with germ busting gear

A similar “educate and equip” approach is essential around desk spaces. People readily admit they don’t wash their hands before eating (61%), and one in four office workers say they don’t wash after going to the bathroom. So, it’s not hard to see why and how germs travel to desks, with office desk phones, keyboards and mice all culprits in harbouring infectious levels of microbes. This figure rises dramatically for shared equipment on ‘hot desks’, which are becoming increasingly popular as companies try to reduce overheads. Multiply this by the contamination opportunities that arise given the average office worker eats lunch at their desk most days and you can see why good desk hygiene is essential. Simple steps like loading up desk spaces with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitising gels can

serve as an ongoing ‘hand hygiene’ reminder and generate a marked improvement in hygiene practices amongst employees.

3. Prioritise a deep clean twice a year

While regular cleaning will help you keep on top of general office cleanliness, we advise making deep cleans a priority at least twice yearly, to target those hard to reach and often overlooked areas that may act as reservoirs for bacteria. To keep on top of rising germ levels, we suggest conducting these before the spring and autumn seasons.

One secret weapon for consideration

this winter is Ultra Low Volume (ULV) fogging; which can help prevent an infection outbreak, or if an outbreak takes place, get the site back to normal as quickly as possible. This technique enables treatment of large areas in a short space of time by generating a mist formed of tiny droplets of disinfectant, measuring 5-50 microns in diameter. Carried out by a trained cleaning specialist, ULV fogging significantly reduces the number of potentially harmful pathogens, as it can cover large spaces quickly, and ensure those hard-to-reach areas that manual cleaning might miss are treated. The fogging technique can also include a disinfectant with ‘Reactive Barrier Technology’ to keep areas sanitised for an extended period of time. It is often possible to undertake fogging

outside of work hours (in the evening or over the weekend), so as not to disturb your business’ working week.

Final thoughts

It’s common for the modern-day worker, who may feel increasingly pressed for time, to struggle into work while ill and to potentially adopt lazy hygiene habits. From eating at their desks, to neglecting hand hygiene – the risk of cross contamination is heightened. By acknowledging these risks and implementing cost effective tactics ahead of the winter sickness season, you can help improve employee health and workplace productivity. Something employees and employers alike, will be thankful for.

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