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The Anderson Group Helps Offices Fight Cold and Flu

Cold and Flu Season is Here. Is Your Office Ready?

The Anderson Group Property Management

Ty Woodard, Housekeeping Manager
The Anderson Group

The days are colder, the nights are longer, and the noses are … runnier. As cold and flu season kicks into high gear, it’s time to up the ante in the battle against germs. And since most American workers spend 8-10 hours a day in the office, practicing good office hygiene is a logical place to start.

Studies show that the average person touches 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, exposing themselves to 840,000 germs. You can probably name a dozen things you and your colleagues touch in your office on any given day: the conference table, the break room faucet, the refrigerator door handle, doorknobs, copier buttons, desks, your phone …. not to mention the bathroom.

According to research conducted by Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a microbiologist from the University of Arizona, an office cubicle is the germiest place in the workplace. The average office desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat, and your desk phone contains approximately 25,100 microbes per square inch. Some viruses can even live on surfaces for up to a week.

Reaching for the disinfecting wipes? Good idea. At The Anderson Group, our housekeeping team does a thorough job of wiping down common areas, such as kitchens, lobbies, hallways, and public restrooms,  as part of our routine cleaning schedule. But we don’t invade anyone’s personal office space other than   to empty the trash. This means germs and bacteria need to be fought on a personal level … yours.

Want to reduce your likelihood of catching your coworker’s illness or prevent your employees from developing work-related diseases? Ty Woodard, housekeeping manager for The Anderson Group, suggests following these basic protocols:

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol when hand washing isn’t an option.
  • Use your own mug (versus a shared office mug), and wash it at the end of each day with dish soap and a paper towel.
  • Avoid using the communal kitchen sponge or dish wand, which harbors as many as 10 million bacteria per square inch.
  • Disinfect shared office surfaces, such as shared computer keyboards and phones, regularly.
  • Keep your workspace clean, including your keyboard, phone, stapler, and computer mouse, with sanitizing wipes.
  • Stay home if you’re sick, or go home as soon as possible if you begin to feel sick at work.
  • Offer or take advantage of an employee flu vaccination clinic in your office. Many corporate health insurance plans will cover the full cost of such clinics.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like getting plenty of sleep, exercise and fluids, as well as eating well and managing stress, can go a long way toward staying healthy during cold and flu season.

“The Anderson Group’s general cleaning process is quite comprehensive,” Woodard says, “but the healthiest office workers are the ones who take their health into their own hands and take extra precautions to guard against spreading and catching germs.”

For information about The Anderson Group, contact Susan Anderson Touhey at 518-458-7726 or visit www.tagny.com.

 

 

 

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