Here’s a germy stat: the average desk has more than 20,000 germs per square inch — nearly 400 times as many germs as a toilet seat. No doubt about it, cold and flu season is upon us. Why does Hughes Enterprises Packaging Systems Solutions care about this? Because, in addition to supplying companies with high quality, affordable packaging equipment, we are a leading provider of sanitary products and janitorial supplies striving to find the right solution for your company’s needs.
Illness costs $578 billion annually in sick days and workers compensation. Nearly 40% of that cost comes from lost productivity due to “presenteeism,” when employees are at work but illness keeps them from performing at their best.
When killing surface germs is your goal, look for products that contain a disinfectant. Products that say “Disinfectant” on the label are required to meet government specifications and follow the product label instructions exactly for the products to be effective. Hughes stocks a large variety of janitorial supplies for your company to kill these cold-causing germs including bleach and disinfectants.
Proper hygiene also results in healthier workplaces. So, stay healthy this winter with these simple tips from WebMD:
1. Call in sick when necessary.
Viruses are easily transmitted in close quarters like offices. Stay home if you have any of these symptoms:
• Extreme tiredness
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Muscle aches
• Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
2. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
Viruses are primarily transmitted through mucus. Cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow to avoid coughing or sneezing into your hand.
3. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water.
Rub your hands for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gels.
4. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
5. Wipe down your desk and other common areas with disinfectant wipes.
Research out of the University of Arizona found that telephones, desks, water fountain handles, microwave door handles, and computer keyboards in offices contain large amounts of germs that cause colds and flu.
Keep your facility clean, safe and attractive this winter with Hughes janitorial supplies and sanitary products. Order, buy Janitorial Supplies from Hughes. For help with ordering janitorial supplies contact a Hughes sales representative for assistance.