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Limit the spread of the flu in the workplace

November 13, 2013

OLATHE, KS — Approximately five to 20 percent of U.S. residents get the flu each year, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with flu-related complications, according to a press release.

To help limit the spread of the flu in the workplace this flu season, ITW Professional Brands offers four tips for proper building cleaning and sanitization, the release stated.

"Being prepared to combat and respond to influenza outbreaks is critical to safeguarding public health. Cleaning professionals are the first line of defense against disease, so it is important to apply disinfection best practices within your cleaning operation to limit the spread of infection," said ITW Professional Brands Marketing Director Rich Bucher.

According to the release, ways to reduce the spread of the flu in the workplace include:

  1. Promote hand hygiene:  Frequent hand washing is the single most effective way to reduce the spread of illness. Post proper hand washing protocol in public facilities and ensure employees wash their hands frequently with anti-microbial hand soap and water. In areas without sinks, offer hand washing and sanitizing wipes to ensure proper hand hygiene.   
  2. Disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently:  High-touch areas should be cleaned more frequently than other areas within a facility.  Use a multi-purpose disinfectant with a fast dwell time. When selecting a disinfectant, it is important to consider contact time and cleaning ability.  Common high-touch surfaces to consider include door handles, railings, light switches, desks, keyboards, telephones, chairs, desks and tables.

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Click here to read the release in its entirety.