Germs in the workplace
We’re all aware of the importance of regular cleaning around the home, and many take pride in following good hygienic practice. Not only does this give an aesthetically pleasing living space, it also reduces the risk of illness through harmful bacteria.
But how many of us take this attitude to work with us? In an environment in which we’re not wholly responsible for the cleaning and maintenance, it can often seem like we are immune to the dangers posed by harmful bacteria, but the threat is as real here as anywhere else.
Recent statistics compiled by consumer group Which? have thrown up a lot of headline-friendly horror stories about workplace germs, such as computer keyboards containing more harmful bacteria than toilet seats in the same office, and warn about risks posed by the spread of E.coli and staphylococcus. While this might cause unnecessary panic, the findings can’t be ignored, and there are ways in which we can all become more hygiene conscious around the workplace…
- Coughs and Sneezes
It may sound like stating the obvious, but, if you’re ill, don’t go to work! You may feel pressure to attend work at all costs, but in the majority of cases employers would prefer that you stay away to avoid spreading infection around the office. As a nation, we take around 130m to 140m days off ill per year, many as a result of viruses being passed around between staff members.
There are a number of steps we can take to help prevent the spread of harmful bacteria around the workplace, however. For example, if there are no tissues to hand, coughing and sneezing into the crook of your arm both stops the harmful germs becoming airborne and also means they stay clear of your hands, reducing the risk of you then spreading them further across keyboards, phones and other surfaces.
- Hygienic Practice
Regular washing and disinfecting of your hands is perhaps the best way to prevent the spread of germs, and many hand sanitizer products now exist that you can have at your desk with you throughout the day.
Similarly, giving your keyboard a ‘spring clean’ every now and again will improve hygiene. Shake out any crumbs and dust before gently wiping it clean with a lint-free cloth and alcoholic disinfectants, treating your phone and mouse in the same way.
Regular emptying of rubbish bins helps to avoid the risk of rotting food and other germ-spreading waste from contaminating the workplace, while making sure that any communal fridges and cookers are frequently cleaned is also important.
Floors may be attended to by your scheduled cleaners, but in-between these cleans, dirt and food spillages may accumulate. Ensure that floors remain unsoiled, helping to both inhibit the spread of germs and avoid any slip hazards.
- JMS Cleaning Services
Here at JMS, we provide office cleaning and workplace cleans of the highest standard, with over 10 years’ experience carrying out commercial cleaning contracts that cover all areas, including desks, floors, bins, kitchens and toilet facilities.
Our contracts can be individually tailored to the needs of your company, operating around your working hours and offering the flexibility to change when required. So why not get in touch with the friendly team at JMS Cleaning Services today for more information, or to discuss your office cleaning needs.