Yes, workplace defence.
Because who can afford to be without it when Aussie flu actually strikes?
And not just because it’s a proven killer – 73 dead already and 170,000 cases reported.
Or how much you might pay out in sick leave.
Because it’s not just staff off ill, it’s the snowballing costs that happen when sick staff cannot, or will not, stay away.
Heroes that cost you money
There they are, all rugged up and sniffly – keeping to themselves and determinedly at their desks.
Yes, loyal. And yes, committed.
Which should immediately trigger two HR alarms.
What’s so urgent that they can’t take a few days off to get well? And are they so worried about job security they’re too scared there won’t be a job when they come back?
Organisational issues, both. Except they’re the least of your worries.
Because ask yourself, how good is the work anyone can do battling with the flu?
Difficult to concentrate, right? Can’t keep your mind focused.
Or keep aware of detail either. The thousand-and-one things that good professional reflexes cope with every day.
Which means glitches inevitably.
Quality of work way below normal – or even acceptable.
Perhaps monumental mistakes made without meaning to. Expensive oversights like a misplaced decimal point. Or failsafe procedures completely forgotten and not implemented.
They don’t know the damage they can do – or have done. Liabilities, not assets.
On top of which, they’re highly contagious.
A threat to other staff as well.
So it’s not just individuals out of action, it’s potentially a whole team.
Awkward in the least with any special projects or tight deadlines on the go. A downside risk not worth taking.
OK, so the bug might have originated outside the office.
But what business is safe without an effective workplace defence to protect the whole investment and everybody in it?
Sure, the office might LOOK safe – clean, tidy and non-threatening.
But you can’t see germs. And because we’re most of the time OK, we don’t take precautions.
Which is why our day-to-day hygiene is so iffy and makes us vulnerable.
Our track record is frankly frightening:
- 62% of men and 40% of women NEVER wash their hands after going to the toilet.
- 95% of people don’t even wash their hands properly.
- Only 12% of people wash their hands before eating.
Nor is it just personal. Again because everything LOOKS safe, we’re careless about our surroundings as well.
- The average desk has over 10 million unseen bacteria – 400 times more than a toilet.
- A typical keyboard may have 7,500 organisms hiding on it.
- Only one in five of us ever cleans our desk before eating.
- At least two in three of us always eat lunch there.
It gets worse.
Because shocking those these statistics are, they only deal with surface germs. Viruses and bacteria on our skin, clothes and the objects we come in contact with.
It’s in the air
But 80% of any workplace is also air space. Room to move around in, room to breathe, room to stop us feeling claustrophobic.
And remember, Aussie flu is highly contagious. And ALL germs are airborne – difficult not to be when they weigh nothing and are only 2 microns across.
Which makes riding the air the major cause of how germs spread. A good many may only infect on contact, but they ALL disperse by being airborne. How else do new infections turn up out of nowhere for the very first time?
On top of which, we all drag our own personal cloud of germs around with us like a halo.
So it’s not just the exploding sneeze that spreads Aussie flu round the office. There’s millions more germ particles wafting around already. Waiting to infect their next victim unless there’s a workplace defence in place.
All of which says it’s not IF Aussie flu might strike in your workplace, but WHEN. And if not Aussie flu, then for certain something equally damaging to productivity, morale and physical wellbeing.
So what kind of workplace defence is effective?
You could do a lot worse than put bottles of antibacterial gel or hand-wipes on every desk.
Our hands touch everything we use and work with. As well as our faces, which we subconsciously reach for several times a minute – as many as 2,000–3,000 times a day. Bingo, unwashed hands on soft sensitive tissue around eyes and mouth are germs’ number one way into our bodies.
That still of course leaves the air – and all those un-get-at-able places that regular cleaning never reaches.
No problem. If germs can be airborne, so can your workplace defence system.
Which is what makes misting up the place with hydrogen peroxide so effective.
IONISED hydrogen peroxide that is. So it actively disperses everywhere – through the air and across all surfaces – reaching out and grabbing germs like magnets grab iron filings.
Sterile and safe
Result, the workplace is sterilised. No germs anywhere, they’re all completely oxidised. Nothing lingering anywhere, so no infection to catch – including Aussie flu.
Now all you have to do is make sure sick staff actually do stay away. You have an effective workplace defence now, don’t let unwell workaholics undo all the good work.
Good on yer, Bruce!
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Back Off, Bacteria! is the blog of Hyper Hygiene Ltd, supplier of what we’re convinced is the most effective health protection system in the world. A fully mobile, all-automatic Hypersteriliser machine mists up workplaces with ionised hydrogen peroxide, spreading everywhere and eliminating all bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Hypersteriliser units are supplied to businesses and institutions across the UK, notably the haematology and other critical units at Salford Royal Hospital, Greater Manchester; Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospital; South Warwickshire Hospital; Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital; and Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.
The Halo Hypersteriliser system achieves 6-log Sterility Assurance Level – 99.9999% of germs destroyed. It is the only EPA-registered dry mist fogging system – EPA No 84526-6. It is also EU Biocide Article 95 Compliant.
Originally posted on 25 September 2017 @ 2:41 pm
Originally posted on 25 September 2017 @ 2:41 pm