If you run a business, it's important to provide your employees with a sanitary work environment. Here are two ways to do this.
The dust that forms thick layers on the windowsills, desks and countertops, and that hangs in the air in your business premises is more than just unsightly; it can also be a health hazard. Dust is comprised of many things, including but not limited to, dander, soil, microorganisms and pollen.
Inhaling large quantities of these tiny particles throughout the course of the day could trigger your employees' hay fever symptoms, exacerbate any respiratory disorders they have and leave them with irritated eyes and sore throats. If the airborne dust contains fungi, bacteria or viruses, it could also put them at risk of developing a cold, the flu or another infection.
As such, if you wish to maintain a sanitary work environment, it is vital to manage and, where possible, reduce the amount of dust in your workplace.
The most effective way to do this is to have you cleaning staff hoover the entire floor area with heavy-duty vacuums at the end of each work day. Hoovering on a daily basis will remove dust mites from the fibres of the carpets (and therefore prevent them from rapidly multiplying). It will also reduce the amount of dust that becomes airborne each time the carpet fibres are agitated by employees walking across them.
Do not be tempted to opt for 'budget-friendly' sweeping brushes instead of heavy-duty vacuums, as the former are far less effective at removing dust than the latter. In fact, the gusts of air created by sweeping can actually lead to dust on the floor becoming airborne.
Food waste management
If you have a break room in which your employees have their lunches and snacks, it's important to ensure that you stay on top of the food waste that is produced as a result of their food preparation and dining habits. Fruit peelings, sandwich crusts, half-finished yoghurt containers and crisp crumbs that are left on the countertops, bins and floors all serve as the perfect breeding grounds for harmful bacteria that could endanger the health of your employees.
Furthermore, food waste that is not dealt with promptly and correctly can produce strong odours which, in addition to creating a very unpleasant work environment, can also attract the attention of mice and rats. A rodent infestation is a serious issue that could put your employees at risk of serious disease (rats, for example, are known to transmit conditions such as leptospirosis and salmonellosis) and might even lead to your business being shut down.
Given this, it's vital to ensure that food waste is removed from the premises at the end of the every work day and any crumbs and spillages are cleaned up quickly. Countertops and dining tables should also be disinfected on a daily basis to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.