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Could a workplace illness put you out of business?

Distressed businessman
Paying out thousands for a tiny germ you can’t see – time to get some protection

Don’t think it can’t happen. Either out of business, or very out of pocket. Red ink everywhere, profit figures to hell and gone.  The end of the world.

All too easy too. From some teensy-weensy bug one of your staff brought in. Not even sick with it either, just sitting on their clothing.

But everybody touches the front door handle. And everybody uses the coffee machine. From there to a phone keypad or computer keyboard is just a step. Suddenly it’s on every document to hit everyone’s in-tray.

Serious? It depends.

Even the tiniest germ can cost you a fortune

Flu can be inconvenient and unpleasant – but people can die from it. Most other bugs too,  if the circumstances are right. And they can ALL bring you to a stop – flu, norovirus, e.coli or salmonella. It doesn’t have to be a heavyweight killer like cholera or typhoid.

Thing is, with everybody grouped together in one location, it’s easy for any germ to spread. Which means anybody can get it it, not just a solo case.

Some of them will clock off and later call in in sick. The team is running short and that’s the first of your expenses. They’re not working, but you still have to pay them. And their work is not done, do you call in a temp or let their jobs run late? Either way could cost you.

Other staffers will tough it out and crawl in determined, no matter how bad they feel. They’re working, but only at half-power. Not concentrating fully, missing details, making mistakes. Brilliant when they’re well, right now they’re a loose cannon. Costing plenty, left, right and centre.

Things start getting forgotten, have to be done again, run over budget, run over deadline. Clients start complaining, cancelling work, moving business elsewhere. The price tag is going up, expenses starting to snowball. All because some microscopic bug is making your staff unwell.

The difference between clean and safe

Shouldn’t happen, right?

You have a cleaning company, they’re supposed to make things clean, what’s gone wrong?

Yes, well as you’re starting to find out, clean does not necessarily mean safe. And the cleaning company are just doing their job. Nobody can SEE germs anyway, how are they supposed to know they’re there?

It gets worse.

Because when staff recover and race back to handle the emergency, they go down with the same bug again. Still there, see? And nasties like norovirus are well-known for bouncing back again and again.

But so are others if you don’t take steps. Spores of c.difficile for instance can survive for ages on surfaces.  And they all feel the same, these work-sapping miseries – gut-wrenching tummy cramps, violent diarrhoea and vomiting armageddon.

Take steps – what can you do? This thing could shut you down any minute.

First off, put a stop to it right now.

Second, make sure it can’t happen again.

Both of which require the same action. Hit your workplace hard, so there’s no germs of any kind. No viruses, no bacteria, make the whole place sterile.

Fortunately that’s the easy part. Quick too.

Send in the cavalry

All it takes is a machine called a Hypersteriliser.

You press one button, mist the place up with ionised hydrogen peroxide, and ALL germs are oxidised to oblivion. The stuff reaches everywhere, right into remote hidey-holes – nothing survives. In around 40 minutes depending on room sizes, your workplace is safe.

Sure, some of your staff might still carry germs as they get back into things. But with a zero germ threshold, there’s less chance for them to settle and spread.

And if you repeat the exercise – mist up again, once a week, or even daily – you’ll send those germs to oblivion too, protecting your staff from future infections.

Protecting your bank balance too. A near thing, but thank goodness you’ve recovered. A few pounds well spent, getting rid of the problem – and you’ve easily saved yourself thousands.

You could save yourself thousands in the future too. Just keep on with the Hypersteriliser. A regular routine for saving your business – just like brushing your teeth.

Out of business?

Not you. You’re in for the long (and profitable) haul.

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A big chomp of pizza – and 3.971 million germs

Pizza girl
Are you having 3.971 million germs
with that?

Yum!

Eating with your fingers.

Is anything better?

You bet.

Eating with your fingers AFTER YOU’VE WASHED THEM.

Germs for sure

Because however nice your chosen favourite is – it’s not worth the tummy cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea that visits you at 2.00 in the morning.

E. coli, norovirus – take your pick.

It could be any one of thousands bacteria or viruses on your fingers at any one time.

Collected through your morning until now…

Off the money in your purse, your Oyster card, the STOP button on the bus, the door handle of the coffee shop, the face of your mobile, the front door to your office, the lift call button, your computer on switch, the keyboard on your desk, the mail in your In-tray, your desk itself, your office phone, the photocopier start switch, the door to the loo, the tissue paper you use there, the flush handle, the bag of doughnuts for coffee break, the parcel from the printing company, the felt-tip pens for the update board, your face, your lipstick for touch-up, the conference room table, the overhead projector, the overhead slides from sales, the meeting microphone on/off, the stairway banisters, the lunch-time news-sheet, the pizza-joint window choosing while you queue in the street, the bag they put it in to take back to your desk…

Er, excuse us.

Where was “wash your hands” in all that?

Our minds go blank

Don’t look so surprised. Most of us forget, even though we’re sticklers for clean.

Yet everything we touch, every second of every day, is covered in viruses and bacteria.

We are too. Billions of them on our skin and clothing.

Billions more inside us too. Over 6 billion in our mouths, more than the number of people on Earth. More than 100 trillion in our gut – partners in helping us digest.

So when we pick up that pizza with our fingers, there’s plenty stuff for us to swallow that we’re not supposed to.

Yes, we’ve got bacteria inside us already – but the right ones, they’re supposed to be there. And most of the time, even the wrong ones are OK – our immune systems are too strong to let them take hold.

But the stuff on our fingers is dodgy. Often in quantities big enough to give us grief. And often really yucky stuff we’d rather not know about. Like if you didn’t wash your hands when you went to the loo, there could be poo on there.

Hold it!

Don’t take that bite!

Put it down and wash your hands first.

Be safe.

And don’t reckon you can blame the pizza company if you come down with something.

Those pizza oven are way too hot for germs to survive – 800°F, or even more.

And nobody touched your super-size slice. Straight off the pizza shovel, gloved hands on the cutter wheel, into the box, and bagged into your own hands.

Wash your hands and everything’s hunky. Quattro stagioni perfetto.

Forget and take a chance – you could be in hospital sooner than you think.

More than 800 people die from norovirus every year. More than 5,000 from e.coli. Add c.difficile, Delhi Belly and rotavirus – the numbers jump to over 80,000.

Don’t be one of them.

A wrong-way encounter with any of these nasties will be more than you can chew.

After you with the soap.