Illness prevention? Ask the air traffic control people at Gatwick Airport.
A vital job handled by highly skilled people. Yet just as vulnerable as any other business to staff calling in sick at the last minute. Especially more than one.
Because where’s the backup – and the backup for the backups – that such critical roles demand?
Standing into danger
Without illness prevention, and two down out of a team of three, the options are rigidly clear. Watch the one remaining controller like a hawk. And shut down the airport at the slightest sign of stress – or whenever the poor plane-pusher has to take a break.
Which is of course, exactly what happened this week – luckily in the graveyard shift, when few flights had to be diverted.
It could have been worse – in the middle of the day at the height of the half-term break – AND simultaneous with an air traffic control strike in Europe.
Not much complementary gym membership and free keep fit classes can do against that, no matter how healthy it makes people. When illness strikes, wellness packages make no difference. The business goes down and there’s not much to do about it – just hope the fallout is minimal.
Unless of course, there’s a Plan B. The get-out-of-jail-free card of illness prevention.
Three air traffic controllers working closely together in the intense, air-conditioned control room of the world’s busiest single-runway airport and one of them coughing his lungs out?
A disaster waiting to happen – hopefully not the plane crash type.
But just as disastrous in an accounts office – except somehow the setback is accepted. It happens, people get ill, what can you do?
Invoking Plan B
Stop illnesses happening in the first place of course. Exactly what illness prevention is about.
Stopping germs, avoiding infection, reducing exposure to harmful conditions.
Mould, for instance. Often a factor in so-called “sick building syndrome.” Damp in the building, mould spores in the air, lots of people with respiratory problems – colds, flu, asthma.
And all transferring in a never-ending cycle. Infecting first one person, then another. Round and round, touching everybody – because we all work closely together, breathing the same air, sharing the same space.
Sharing the same infections too.
As the woman on crutches said in A&E, listening to all the coughs and wheezes of a busy Saturday night, “If you haven’t got it yet, you’re going to get it here.”
Unless there’s an illness prevention Plan B.
Something to stop or reduce the effect of that sneezing air traffic controller from passing on germs to the other two – head down and stuck at their desks, unable to escape from radar screens and status monitors.
Illness prevention – no germs, no risk
Like, just suppose there were no germs in the first place.
First sign of any illness or infection, the sufferer is sent home to get well in isolation – reducing the threat to the others still holding the fort. No germs to circulate – or less than there were when the victim was still present.
Next, how about the whole place is sterilised at the end of the day? Any lingering germs totally neutralised, eliminated, zeroed, dialled to nought.
And that really means the whole place. The shared air space, which is 80% of any room; all the walls, ceiling and floor; under and behind all furniture; deep into all cracks and crevices. And of course all the things that everybody touches all the time – light switches, door handles, touchscreens, keyboards, documents, pens, keys, money, everything.
Slightly more effective than a wellness package, right?
More likely to keep the business going without interruption. Or threats to its safety and operating budget.
Effective illness prevention.
It’s a Plan B that works.
About this blog
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.
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