The Next Step To Fully Protecting Your Workplace – Sanitizing Workstations

With the flu season still upon us, there are many ways to avoid the outbreak of influenza or the common cold from spreading within your organization.

Traditionally, the common approach companies use is to place the anti-bacteria hand sanitization stations in a central location, but this does not always prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria.

According to the President of the American Society for Microbiology, Abigail Salyers, the typical office workstation contains 400 times as many germs as the average toilet seat because it’s cleaned far less often. (WebMD, 2009)

Adults put their hands to their faces an average of 18.5 times per hour, presenting hundreds of opportunities each day to transfer illness causing organisms into our bodies. Once an infection takes hold, the next step is usually the doctor’s office, followed by the sickbed, resulting in thousands to millions of dollars in lost productivity due to employee absenteeism.

In fact, according to a National Health Interview Survey, influenza alone is responsible for 200 million days of diminished productivity and 75 million days of work absence. In some workplaces, telephones may even be used by multiple employees. Office phones can harbor more than 25,000 germs per square inch. PC keyboards are another common way to transfer germs. In fact, keyboards can actually have more than 200 times as many bacteria as a toilet seat. (OHSonline.com)

By preventing the spread of germs from desk to desk or staff to staff you are able to reduce sickness, days off and reduced productivity within your work place.

It’s easy to focus on the typical cleaning tasks and cleaning of public areas, but we often forget about the germs that are on the phones, keyboards and other surfaces in our workstations.

When hiring a company to provide these services at your facility, ensure their process involves a range of proactive services to combat this problem. It is the health and safety of your employees that is at risk, so make sure you know what process and procedures are specifically being provided to sanitize workstations.

Steps should include the following:

Pre-inspection;
Vacuuming;
Spot Removal;
Preconditioning;
Dry Steam Clean Extraction;
Disinfecting/Deodorizing;
Wiping down of any plastic, wood, metal or chrome components;
Wiping down desk surface to remove water marks from cleaning; and,
Cleaning on both sides of partitions and underneath desks to remove scuff marks & spots.

Lastly, make certain that they are CRI Certified, and use certified eco-friendly products to support your company’s sustainability initiatives.

Anyone can provide services, however without the proper training, education and systems in place to provide proper workstation sanitizing, the germ cycle is prone to continue.

ServiCare Interiors.