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Office Germs Are Everywhere; What to Do to Combat Them

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A clean office environment results in healthier and happier employees and more profits for employers, but keeping a clean and healthy workplace is more difficult than you might think.

Check out the infographic below to find out the facts about germs in the office and read below to learn about how you can avoid these problems.

Problem: Employees come to work sick and spread germs.

  • More than half of workers feel guilty about calling in sick; resulting in close to three quarters of employees go to work sick.

Solution: Re-evaluate your company’s sick policy.

  • Encourage workers to take off sick days to prevent others from catching their colds. The new policy will likely keep productivity high and save you money.

Problem: Existing surface germs.

  • Even if you encourage workers to stay home germs don’t disappear.

Solution: Prepare an extensive cleaning schedule.

  • Find out if your office cleaning provider covers touch point cleaning. You’ll want to make sure they disinfect problem areas like microwave door handles and water cooler taps daily. You should also supply workers with disinfectant wipes and suggest they wipe their keyboard and mouse down regularly.

Problem: Poor office air quality.

  • “Sick building syndrome” is a common problem for large office buildings because of re-circulated air.

Solution:  Proper HVAC systems and routine maintenance.

  • Office air is continually filtered to remove particles in the air. If your building does not employ a routine HVAC maintenance professional then air filters may be replaced infrequently. The best way to purify the air in your office is to use a UV treatment system. These systems disinfect the air by destroying viruses, bacteria, and mold that pass through filters.

Improving office health and working conditions requires that you evaluate your current situation, implement policies, or install new filtration systems. Starting an HVAC maintenance plan is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve the air quality in your building. It’s important to remember that health of your workers directly affects the health of your business. 

 What to Do to Combat Office Germs

>>Need to get started on routine HVAC maintenance? Thinking of installing a UV air purification system? Call ICS today for more info, we’re happy to answer your questions. 

Dave Morrison is the General Manager at Intelligent Comfort Solutions. He has over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial HVAC maintenance, repair, installation, and indoor air quality improvement. He prides himself on finding the best HVAC solution for your business, and building a lasting relationship that your business can depend on. Dave is known for his open and honest communication and his friendly top notch customer service.

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