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Do You Keep Clean In The Workplace?
Germs in the office are very common. Germs in school are very common. You are most likely to catch anything that your coworkers bring to the office. It is best practice to always make sure everyone is professional about their hygiene methods within the office. On top of that, you are likely to get a double whammy when your children come home from school. Both places are a germ and bacteria haven, especially during the winter, when the flu virus is really active amongst everyone, and sneezing is much more prominent. No matter what you do, you will likely catch something. However, there are some preventative measures to bypass the cold that is going around in your office. Preventing yourself from catching it from your children is another story.
With a little help from you and your co-workers, you can also try and make work a little better. There is nothing more miserable than showing up to work with a cold. These are just some tips you can follow to reduce your chances of catching anything.
When you go to work, you should never touch any handle on any door. Use your shirt or a napkin when opening and closing doors. This includes the refrigerator handle, toilet handle, or faucets in the bathroom and kitchen.
Wash your hands often and do not touch your face.
Wash your hands before you touch any food.
If you must shake hands with someone, excuse yourself to the washroom to wash your hands.
Keep baby wipes or sanitary wipes near or around your desk and use them to wipe around your area including your mouse and keyboard, where bacteria from your hands and fingers is sure to linger.
Keep sanitizer near you and be sure to use it after you’ve touch any surface and before you touch any area close to your face.
Wash your face with soap and water, especially your nose area.
If you keep a trash can near you, change it often. Wash your hands after.
Clean up any spills immediately.
Try to get a full night of rest by sleeping for at least eight hours.
Drink plenty of water. If you happen to feel a cold coming on, drink ginger ale and plenty of vitamin C including fruit punch, cranberry juice, and orange juice.
Cover your mouth when coughing and be sure to tell others to do the same.
Take a walk outside for a few minutes every hour just to get some fresh air.
Avoid anyone that has a cold like the plague. They may not like it, but you don’t have time to get sick. They’ll understand.
Whether or not you have a cold, drink plenty of hot tea, particularly ginger tea with honey and apple cider vinegar added into the mix.
Take NyQuil (only at night) or DayQuil (preferably during the day) if you feel any signs of a cold coming on. You will want to get started in advance to give your immune system a boost in fighting anything you’ve got. Cold Eeze and multivitamins may help as well.
Take a hot shower for more than just a few minutes.
Eat some hot soup, particularly chicken noodle soup.
As for the kids, put them outside and hope for the best.
You’ll probably want to make sure they have a hot shower, give them some hot ginger tea with honey and apple cider vinegar. Cold-Eeze. Multivitamins. DayQuil. NyQuil. Chicken Noodle Soup. Make sure they have plenty of rest. No computer. No internet. Nothing that will distract them away from sleeping. Nothing cures a cold faster than letting the body fight while it sleeps.
Cold season is the worst. Everyone and their mothers is getting sick, coughing, sneezing. While there is no way to avoid germs and bacteria, there are certainly ways to reduce the side effects of certain sickness, bypass common colds that get passed around the neighborhood and schools, and prevent the flu altogether from ever having any effect on your body.
If the body is strong enough and you’ve had plenty of rest, you could definitely have some type of cold or flu, but show no signs, and may not even be contagious because your body has made it too weak to have any effect and it could be long gone and you’d never even know it.
This infographic further looks into hygiene in the workplace.
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68% of employees accept that they are likely to catch whatever is going around the office
When it comes to health and hygiene in the workplace, we all know where germs lurk, don’t we…
Telephone 25,127 microbes per square inch
Keyboard 3,295 microbes per square inch
Mouse 1,676 microbes per square inch
Toilet 49 microbes per square inch
The average toilet actually has the lowest number of microbes per square inch
Source: University of Arizona study
How often are these technology items cleaned…
20% Don’t know
Increased pressure at work has had a significant impact on people’s eating habits in the workplace as more of us struggle to take a lunch break
61% of employees are provided with a dedicated area to go and eat
65% of people are allowed to eat at their desks
– 47% do so on a daily basis
– 30% do so a couple times a week
What precautions do employees take to halt/minimize the spread of germs and viruses within the workplace
80% regularly wash their hands
59% dispose of tissues hygienically
32% clean their own equipment
24% try to avoid touching shared objects
Regular cleaning with specially formulated products can help keep your technology items cleaned and germ-free – helping reduce the spread of harmful germs, bacteria, and viruses around the workplace.
To find out more, visit www.af-betterhealth.com.
Matthew Gates is a freelance web designer and currently runs Confessions of the Professions.