Vancouver has been hit hard this winter with colds, flus, Covid-19, and RSV, making staying healthy almost impossible. The number of sick days is increasing at a rapid rate, and workplace illness seems inevitable. Protect your office and employees by implementing good cleaning habits.
The Covid-19 pandemic shielded the population from severe illness by limiting social interactions. This was a necessary step in preventing the spread of Covid-19. Weakened immune systems and lack of exposure to other viruses are causing colds, flus, and RSV to return with a vengeance. Although there is a significant decrease in influenza cases according to FluWatch, several precautions should be taken to safeguard your business from future outbreaks.
Enforce Hand Washing
Frequent hand washing is one of the most effective hygiene practices. According to the BC Ministry of Health, thorough washing hands in warm, soapy water for a minimum of 20-30 seconds is critical for preventing the spread of illness and promoting good hygiene. Remind staff to wash their hands by putting up signage in office kitchens and office bathrooms.
Revise Your Office Hygiene Policy
The Covid-19 pandemic opened our eyes to a whole new world of cleaning practices that weren’t part of our everyday routines. Cleaning after use, sanitizing on entry, thorough washing of hands, and office sanitization are just a few of the many practices that are beneficial for creating a safe and healthy office. Revise your office hygiene policy once a year and add or remove any practices based on current public health and safety guidelines.
Hire A Professional For Office Disinfection Services
Vancouver offices and other large-scale commercial spaces require professional office disinfection services to cover large surface areas in a short amount of time. Electrostatic disinfection/ULV fogging is the most common method of office disinfection, and is vital for preventing illness and combating workplace outbreaks. Hire a professional office cleaning company to reduce employee turnover, boost employee morale, and improve productivity.
Sanitize High-Touch Surfaces
High-touch surfaces are an essential part of office cleaning schedules, especially in hybrid offices. Regular sanitization and the implementation of green cleaning products are an important first step to creating a healthier office.
Enhance Air Quality
Workplace allergies are the second most common cause for sick days in Vancouver due to wet climate and humidity. Enhance air quality by creating good air flow, vacuuming on a regular basis, dusting high surfaces, using an air purifier, cleaning your HVAC system, and investing in a HEPA filter vacuum.
Return to Cubicles
Office cubicles are an excellent way to minimize illness. They come in a variety of easy-to-clean materials and act as a protective shield. Having dedicated personal space contains germs from travelling around the office, and encourages social distancing in smaller office spaces.
Don’t let workplace illness take over your office this winter! Hire Clean Green Solutions for office sanitization services. Their methods of disinfection are thorough and effective, so you can focus less on paid sick days, and focus more on scaling your business. Visit www.cleangreenvancouver.ca to learn more!