Firms urged to carry out office cleaning to combat flu

By January 15, 2011Articles

Firms urged to carry out office cleaning to combat flu

Office Cleaning Services could be used to help combat the spread of flu, it has been suggested.

This winter has seen a high number of flu cases across the UK, with the Health Protection Agency recently reporting there have been 50 deaths so far, 45 of these from swine flu.

Law firm Shoosmiths has issued detailed advice to employers, outlining their legal responsibilities to protect the health and safety of their staff and what they can do to help minimise the spread of infection at the workplace.

Good hygiene and regular office cleaning are some of the most important ways the illness can be prevented, it says.

“Hard surfaces such as door knobs and telephones should be cleaned frequently and employers should consider whether extra cleaning on site is necessary,” it says.

It also advises to “make sure there are sufficient hand-hygiene products and washing facilities available for staff”.

The recommendations follow recent reports that some GPs in England have run out of flu vaccinations, causing left-over supplies from the 2009 swine flu scare to be used.

Posted by Teodora Ivanova

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