With colder weather on the way, and the school term back in full swing, it’s unfortunately time to start preparing your workplace for all the extra germs that are flying around at this time of year.
Here’s our top tips…
1. Think about a germ’s journey around your workplace
It’s worth having a good look at the space you work in, and working out how to prevent germs spreading in the highest traffic areas.
For example, is there a door that everybody has to travel through at some point during the day? Maybe consider a dispenser of alcohol gel next to it to prevent germs spreading every time somebody touches the handle.
Bathroom areas are an obvious candidate for spreading germs, but you might not have realised all the potential hazards. For example, if you have toilet roll and paper towel holders that leave them all openly exposed to the air, they’re potentially going to end up exposed to a lot of airborne germs in the toilet space. Adding a properly enclosed dispenser to your wall is an easy way to keep things a bit more hygienic.
2. Colour code for a cleaner workplace
The other easy step to keep things properly clean is to adopt a colour coding system, and only use products of a certain colour for different areas of your workplace.
The advised system goes as follows:
- Red – Sanitary Fittings and Washroom Floors: This colour is for high-risk areas in the washroom, like toilets, urinals and washroom floors.
- Blue – General Low Risk Areas: This colour is for general areas like desks, hallways, and general dusting and polishing.
- Green – Food Preparation Areas: This colour is for food and drink preparation areas, including not just kitchens and bars, but also like factories where food is processed.
- Yellow – Wash Basins and Washroom Surfaces: This colour is for all other washroom surfaces, such as sinks, mirrors, cubicles, tiled walls, glass and metal. Having two colour codes for high risk areas like washrooms ensures the same products are not used, for example, on toilet seats and bowls as on sinks and taps.
If you use separate mops, buckets and cloths for these areas, you can help to prevent cross-contamination between areas, and massively reduce the spread of germs.
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3. Be smart about your re-stocking
The last thing you want during flu season is to run short of cleaning supplies – and while the temptation is often there to quickly grab something from the corner shop when you’re running low, cleaning products designed for home use won’t come with the necessary data sheets to make them COSHH compliant.
We recently had a chat with a supplier who pointed something out to us about the big 5-litre concentrated versions of everyday products like multipurpose cleaner. By popping one of those in your cupboard (you just need a handy pelican dispensing pump and spray bottle to use with it), you actually have the equivalent of 166 trigger sprays! So for stocking up purposes, those big sizes are pretty perfect, and take up nowhere near as much space (or cost as much) as their trigger spray equivalents.
We hope these tips help to keep your office as germ-free as possible this winter – and that you all get through flu season without any nasty bugs spreading around the workplace!
Have a great week!
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