How to stop infections has perhaps never been asked as frequently as it is being asked now. While scientists have found a solution to infection, there are many ways that individuals can help prevent its spread. Setting aside lifestyle changes such as social distancing, the list below outlines some of the best products to use for infection prevention within the workplace.
Hand sanitizer is the quickest and easiest way to kill any bacteria or viruses that might have collected on your hands and wrists. For hand sanitizer to be most useful, it should be applied regularly when you are out of the house, out and about, especially before you touch your face, personal belongings such as your phone, or enter an inside space as the office. The US Centre for Disease Control recommends that hand sanitizers have an alcohol content of more than 60% since these are the most effective. Supplying employees with hand sanitizer and hand soap is a really useful way to reduce any infections entering the workplace.
Wearing a Mask
Masks, whether they are cloth or made from other materials, effectively reduce infections. Studies have found that they work to stop infected people inadvertently infecting others and protect those not infected from contracting diseases as they stop the spread of large droplets. To ensure you receive the most protection from the mask, it must cover you from below the chin to about halfway up your nose. It is also important to regularly change your mask and avoid touch it and the rest of your face with dirty hands.
Cleanable Mouse and Keyboard
It is a pretty disturbing fact that a computer keyboard is, on average, 20,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat. Not only do the standard computer parts, particularly the keyboard and the mouse, collect a large number of bacteria, viruses, and pathogens, but they are exceptionally hard to clean. Team Technologies Inc has invested a mouse and keyboard designed to be used in hospitals, which feels the same as a standard keyboard but can be quickly and easily cleaned.
Anti-bacterial wipes are a great resource to have at hand and can be especially useful in workspaces as they are a quick and easy way for people to clean desks and communal spaces after use. Although they are a useful product to promote or motive people to disinfect an area, they should not be used in isolation but as part of a more thorough cleaning schedule.
Invest in Ventilation
A good ventilation system is one of the best defensive lines an office has against the spread of infection. Opening lots of widows might sufficiently ventilate your workspace; however, a ventilation system is required if there is not enough airflow within the room, particularly if it is in an inner part of the building. The reason that ventilation is so important is that it can reduce the concentration of airborne pathogens by removing or diluting airborne droplet nuclei.