Understanding How Germs Spread in Your Office

A major concern for many offices and places of work during the pandemic has been how germs spread and what steps to take to minimize their spread. As more and more workers return to the workplace (and with an increase of in-person customers to retail locations) employers in all industries must take steps to provide safer and healthier work environments.

Through understanding exactly how germs spread around your business you can better understand what can be done to reduce the spread.

One way that germs spread in business settings is through contact with contaminated surfaces. When someone who is sick coughs or sneezes, they release droplets that land on nearby surfaces. Other people can then touch these same surfaces and pick up the germs on their hands. From there, the possibilities are endless – if someone rubs their eyes, nose, or mouth after touching a contaminated surface, they can become sick. Or, if they touch another surface and someone else comes in contact with that second surface, the germs can spread that way as well.

Another way that germs spread in offices is through person-to-person contact. When two people are within close proximity to each other, respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze can travel through the air and land on the other person, causing them to become sick. Additionally, if someone with a respiratory illness talks, laughs, or sings, they can also spread their germs to others nearby.

So what can you do to reduce the spread of germs in your office? There are a few key things:

  1. Encourage employees to stay home when they are sick.
  2. Provide tissues, no-touch trash cans, and alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout the office.
  3. Encourage employees to clean their workstations regularly.
  4. Increase ventilation by opening windows or doors when weather permits.
  5. Use fans to circulate air throughout the office.

These are just a few of the things you can do to reduce the spread of germs in your office. By taking these steps, you can create a safer, healthier environment for your employees and customers.

What other steps do you take to reduce the spread of germs in your office? Let us know!

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