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Promoting a Healthy Workplace

A healthy work place starts with a clean environment.

Surface contamination is a common way disease spreads at the workplace. Regular and targeted cleaning prevents sickness and absenteeism, which saves money and promotes health. In the United States, employers endure the cost of an estimated $225 billion per year for employees who are out sick.

Here are some key ways to encourage a healthy work environment in your office.

Targeted Cleaning

Surface “touch points” have higher concentrations of germs and are responsible for transferring disease.  Consider targeting the list of items below which are known high touch points in work spaces.

  • Photocopier
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Telephone
  • Public drinking fountains
  • Hand rails
  • Door Knobs
  • Light switch

Develop a Cleaning Program

Don’t wait to clean. Waiting will result in bacteria build-up that is invisible to the naked eye. Create an ongoing cleaning checklist including the above-mentioned items and other touch points.  A clean workplace is not only health conscience but more enjoyable. Workers will experience a boosted moral, encouraging productivity.

Carpets and Upholstery

Carpets and upholstery capture bacteria over time. The regularity of cleaning depends on the use of the space.  Properly maintained carpets and upholstery not only promote a healthy workforce but increase the life of your carpet and furniture.

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