Dealing With Sickness in the Office
With the coronavirus on everyone’s mind, we felt it was important to share some tips for keeping your office and workplace clean. If someone in the office is sick, even with just the regular Influenza or a cold, there are things you can do to help prevent contamination across your office leading to other workers getting sick.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
Wash your hands frequently throughout the day, particularly after using the restroom and prior to eating. When washing your hands, scrub and lather for at least 20 seconds, making sure to get in between your fingers and underneath fingernails.
Use Hand Sanitizer if Necessary
If you’re not able to wash your hands, a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol can be used. Be aware however that hand sanitizer is NOT a complete replacement for washing your hands. Make sure to cover your hands completely, and know that wiping it off before it dries may reduce effectiveness.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Using disinfectant wipes or spray can be a great way to keep your desk clean. However, it’s important to read the directions of any product you use. While commercials on TV would have you believe a quick wipe kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria, most products require the surface to remain wet with disinfectant for several minutes, sometimes up to 15 minutes. After you spray or wipe, let the surface remain wet for the length of time recommended by the product’s instructions.
Clean Desks, Door Handles, and Common Areas
Here are some things or areas you should consider cleaning and disinfecting regularly:
- Phone (Desk and Cell)
- Shared tools like scissors or staplers
- Conference Room Table
- Common Areas
Take care with electric devices to prevent disinfectant liquid from getting inside the device, as the liquid could damage the electronics inside.
If an employee is sick with the cold, flu, or another contagious illness, then ideally that employee should minimize time spent in the office. If working remotely is an option, there are many tech services that make it much simpler to do so. It would also be a good idea to clean and sanitize any areas the employee typically spends their time at during the regular work day.
What Else Can You Do?
If you’re concerned that the above steps aren’t enough, Constructeam’s ConstructClean treatments can eliminate contagious viruses throughout your office. Our technicians can quickly apply a disinfectant agent that eliminates viruses in just 30 seconds, followed by an air treatment that will treat the air and hard to reach surfaces.
This is a quick, effective way to sanitize an office space, particularly after an employee comes in sick, spreading germs via coughing and sneezing. Our ConstructClean system is completely safe, and our products are FDA approved to kill dozens of viruses, including Coronavirus, Influenza, Hepatitis A, and many more.