The Two Most Common Places to Find Germs in an Office

Messy OfficeWe all know germs can spread rapidly in an office environment. This is particularly true with open plan offices, where there is little opportunity for germs to become isolated in separate areas.

There are many places for germs to lurk, but the two most common areas are revealed below.

Keyboard and Mouse

Modern offices mean computers and plenty of them, and with them come keyboards and mice. The more regularly a keyboard is used, the more common it is to find lots of germs lingering on and under the keys. Even good hygiene habits won’t prevent this from occurring, so it is a good idea to make sure it is cleaned on a regular basis.

The Desktop

It is very common to eat lunch while working at your desk. Even if you do head out at lunchtime you will probably still have tea or coffee and perhaps a snack at your desk from time to time. This all increases the chances of welcoming germs and bacteria to breed – especially when you consider the odds of other employees coming up to your desk and spreading their germs too.

Regular office cleaning services can prevent a germ build up

Regular office cleaning is paramount if you want to ensure office germs are kept to a bare minimum. Cleaning once a week should be the minimum, but offices with plenty of employees will likely benefit from a daily clean once the working day is over. This is the best way to keep the germs at bay.

Please contact your nearest ProCare office today to get a free quotation.

Why Not Clean Your Offices Yourself?

DIY Office CleaningIf you have a small office with just one or two employees it can be tempting to consider tackling the cleaning on your own. However there are some smart reasons why you should always leave it to the professionals.

Take Advantage of the Proper Equipment

Office cleaning is a very different proposition to tackling cleaning at home. When you hire a professional office cleaning company to handle your needs you can be sure they will have all the best equipment. This will ensure your office not only looks clean but is really clean!

Thus when you hire a pro you can look forward to a deeper and more thorough clean than you would probably achieve on your own.

Time Better Spent Elsewhere

Freeing up the time spent cleaning means you can also focus on what really matters to you – your business. This will always take priority for you over cleaning tasks, which probably means your office will never look or feel the best if you try to do it yourself. Your good intentions end up covered in dust!

Procare can provide all manner of different contract terms to suit you

Our cleaners provide cleaning services for all sizes of offices and all types of businesses. Some require cleaning every single day of the week, whereas others only require us once a week. We can help every client strike the right balance between keeping their workspace clean and tidy and paying the right amount to fit their budget.

If you have any questions relating to your particular offices and cleaning requirements please call us on 0800-032-6660 or fill in our contact form.

Back To Basics: A Simple Secret To Reducing Short Term Sick Leave

Hand HygieneAn astounding 131 million working days are lost to sickness absence in the UK every year, according to the Office of National Statistics. But there is a simple, cost effective way to hugely reduce the risk of short term sickness absence in your business immediately.

Two words: Hand. Hygiene.

Ensuring all staff thoroughly wash their hands could have a surprising impact on your business. In fact, some scientific studies suggest that educating staff in proper hand washing techniques can halve rates of sickness absence. To help explain why, we’ve been number crunching to provide you with the cold, hard facts:

  • 15,000,000 people in the UK suffer from cold or flu symptoms each year
  • 80% of infectious diseases are spread via people’s hands
  • 60% of people wash their hands before leaving the bathroom – meaning 40% don’t!
  • 50% of those who DO wash their hands use soap, the other half just rinse with water…….

Convinced by the numbers and keen to whip your workplace into shape when it comes to hand hygiene? Here are some quick tips to get you started:

  • Education: Remind staff that if they have cold or flu symptoms, they are contagious and should therefore not come into the office. This could mean the difference between one member of staff being absent for a couple of days and a whole team being infected with the same virus.
  • Signage: Notices placed strategically around office bathrooms, including on the back of the exit door, remind staff to go back to basics and make sure their hands are clean before returning to the office.
  • Quality: Forget the days of a sorry looking soap skidding around the sink; quality soap in a wall mounted dispenser is a modern and hygienic solution to the age old problem of tackling germs.
  • Routine: Alcohol hand rubs kill 99.9% of harmful germs immediately but remember that these popular sanitisers should be considered a supplement to, not a replacement for, traditional hand washing.
  • Regular Cleaning of surfaces that harbour germs – This is where we can help! Whether it be a weekly clean or daily clean, or something in between, decontaminating door handles, light switches, telephone handsets etc is an excellent initial step to reduce cross contamination and staff shortage due to illnesses. Essentially by paying for a quality office cleaning company you could be saving money.

Call ProCare now on 0800 032 6660 to arrange a no obligation quote.

The Need to Distinguish and Dispose Of Trace and Hazardous Chemotherapy Waste

From time to time ProCare Cleaning will invite a cleaning expert to present an are of expertise with is complementary to our office cleaning services.

This month we welcome our Guest Blogger Dennis Salva from Clearitwaste.

Pharmaceutical waste has been a big cause of concern since the effects can be easily seen in water sources, fish, and aquatic life which is extensively used by the human population in the form of food. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act mandates proper disposal of any drug that meets the criteria for being a hazardous waste. Pharmaceutical companies are seen struggling getting their standards in order. However instead of struggling to get the standards in order it would be better if we pay heed to the hazards since the standards are there just to stop the hazards.

Trace and Hazardous Chemotherapy Waste have been reported from quite a few water sources and specimen taken from aquatic life. There has been confusion in the classification of chemotherapy waste among health workers. People involved with the disposal of Hazardous Chemotherapy Waste frequently confuse among chemotherapeutic, antineoplastic, and cytotoxic waste.

However technically chemotherapy involves the therapeutic chemical treatment. Before the advent of antibiotics it was used for mercury and arsenic used in cancer treatment. Antineoplastic specifically means the inhibiting or preventing the growth malignant cells this is the most specific definition that separates Antineoplastics from the rest. Cytotoxic is the most broadly used term since cytotoxic is any chemical that is toxic to the living cells. It has been seen that many pharmaceutical companies confuse biohazardous with cytotoxic and label a single substance as both. Thus you may find a single chemical or disposable item as biohazardous and cytotoxic which sometimes plays havoc with the disposal mechanism of various organizations.

Organizations like ProCare come into play at that stage wherein pharmaceutical companies are not able to distinguish between the various compounds that need to be disposed off amicably. Since the disposal of pharmaceuticals and their components are regulated by federal and local laws thus care needs to be taken even in labeling them as biohazardous or cytotoxic or even antineoplastic.

Many chemotherapy agents are being introduced into the market with the increase in research and development of cancer hence it becomes all the more tough in classifying these compounds. Taking a cue from the Oncology Nursing Society which strongly discourages the unhooking of IV set unless it has been designed to protect employees from exposure. The need for limited, expert vendors in disposing off these kinds of hazardous chemotherapy waste is always increasing in the medical world that has seen many health workers getting infected via the patients they have been attending. Along with that there is always a possibility of these chemicals reaching the human food chain via water and other sources of food that may come in contact with them if not disposed off amicably.

Thus the need to distinguish and dispose off trace and Hazardous Chemotherapy Waste has become all the more important since most of the pharmaceutical companies are not really well informed while classifying them. Health workers all across the world are not amply trained to handle such waste and an organization that does not meet the required standards to dispose off such chemicals may be playing with the health of the local community. Hazardous waste disposal is not the responsibility of a single organization; to be more precise it cannot be done by a single organization. It needs to start from classifying it correctly, handling it in a proper manner and disposing it off in a way so that it does not harm the living species in and around the place where it has been disposed off.

Author Bio –

Dennis Salva has been working with Clearitwaste, a company involved with waste collection in London. Dennis has been a strong advocate of green disposal of waste especially hazardous waste that enters the human chain via water sources and other edible products. To contact Dennis feel free to visit – http://www.clearitwaste.co.uk