3 Ways to Clean Your Office
An Employer Guide to Flu Virus Protection
About the Flu Virus
• Most studies have shown that the flu virus can live and
potentially infect a person for two to eight hours after
being deposited on a surface.
• While the first line of defense in preventing the flu is to
get you and your employees vaccinated, properly
cleaning areas around your workplace can greatly reduce
its spread amongst staff.
The Flu & Your Business
• As an employer, limiting the occurrences of the flu
amongst your staff is highly important.
• For each instance of the flu, a person has symptoms for
five to six days and misses between half a day and five
days of work.
1. Use the Right Cleaner
• Disinfecting is the only cleaner that kills germs on
surfaces or object. Cleaning removes germs, but does
not necessarily kill them.
• Sanitizing lowers the number of germs to a safe level, as
determined by public health standards or requirements
and does lower the risk of spreading infection.
2. Target Commonly Used Surfaces
• Take note of objects which are touched or handled often
such as desks, phones, doorknobs, computer
keyboards, faucet handles, office supplies, fax machines
and other equipment.
• These areas should be sanitized daily to reduced the
spread of the flu.
3. Encourage Cleaning Collaboration
• Make it easy for your employees to help clean commonly
used objects by placing disinfecting wipes throughout the
• Distributing hand sanitizer and reminding workers to
wash their hands frequently can help reduce the spread
The Importance of Prevention
• Make sure to talk to your management staff to help
promote prevention practices throughout your business.
• Prevention is a collective effort, starting with employees
and their families receiving vaccinations as the best
method of defense.
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