Flu Season is Coming – Prevent Staff Absences

REDUCE LOSSES IN PRODUCTIVITY AND REVENUE DURING COLD & FLU SEASON

Fall is here and cold & flu season is right around the corner. Without taking effective preventive measures, these infections can easily spread among your employees leaving you short-staffed and spread thin. In fact, one tenth of all flu-related hospitalizations are people who work in the foodservice industry.1
Poor hand hygiene and lack of surface disinfection can easily lead to germ transmission among employees or from employees to guests, especially where workers prepare ready-to-eat foods like sandwiches and salads. Unfortunately, an Environmental Health Specialists Network study found 12% of food workers said they had worked when they were sick with vomiting or diarrhea.2 To prevent the spread of illness in the workplace, employees need to be told to stay home when sick. Foodservice companies should have a flu outbreak policy to address a temporary disruption of personnel.3
Help eliminate the spread of cold and flu to your staff by:
  • Encouraging the flu vaccination
  • Requiring sick workers to stay home
  • Promoting hand hygiene and cough etiquette
  • Disinfecting high-touch surfaces
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, proper hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs. Hand sanitizing wipes can be used when soap and water are not available, or as an extra layer of safety.
Because viruses and bacteria can live on hard surfaces for prolonged periods of time, routine surface disinfection is imperative to overall facility health.3 To complement their hand hygiene programs, foodservice operations should regularly disinfect high-tough surfaces such as chairs, door handles, faucets, sinks, countertops, etc. Plan for additional rounds of cleaning and disinfection during the winter months.5

Hands Instant Sanitizing Wipes

  • Kills 99.99% of germs including cold and flu viruses*
  • Gentle on hands: contains moisturizing aloe and Vitamin E
  • More effective than gel at removing dirt and germs from hands**

Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes

  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria in just 15 seconds and proven effective against 24 organisms including cold and flu viruses*
  • Non-abrasive and lint-free
  • EPA Registered, bleach-free, alcohol-free formula

*See Technical Data Bulletin for details
**Independent Study: Hill Top Research Laboratory, Miamiville, OH, November 2004

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