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Swine Flu preventative measures

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

There’s a lot of worry at the minute about Swine Flu and the risk of passing germs from one person to another. So, without living like a hermit, what can you do to lower the risk of passing on, or catching, something at swine flu preventionwork?

 

Well, the first thing is that you need to learn a little bit about how viruses like to exist!

 

They cannot reproduce from nothing, and most only have a 72 hour lifespan, so like us all, they are keen to find a way of reproducing. The kind of environments that they like are around us all the time. They like: Fat and Oil, Warmth, Food, Moisture. Sounds like most offices, and many houses!

 

So, the practical steps you can take;

 

In the Office

Do not eat near your desk. The desk is usually a prime place for bacteria to live, as they get oils from your skin, warmth from computer equipment. When you eat at your desk, you are also giving them a platform to exist on. To prove this, turn over your keyboard, and give it two or three taps. See what drops out!

 

Do not put food in your office bins. Eat in a separate area, and use the bin in the canteen / kitchen

 

Wash bins regularly, or ask your contract cleaners to include this in their daily routine. This has a major effect in reducing the risk of spreading germs.

 

BANISH SOAP - Think about it. Fat, moisture, nooks and crannies - all the most important things if you are a flu virus! Ditch the bars of soap, and invest in wall mounted, dosed dispensers. We can provide these for about a tenner - they aren’t expensive.

 

Use paper towels and/or hand dryers. The debate about this one rages on, but the most important thing is not to have a communal tea towel to dry hands on. Again, moisture and fat are a germ’s friend.

 

Make use of antibacterial hand gels. We can supply these, but to be honest you can nip down to your local high street chemist or supermarket and pick them up cheap.

 

“Encourage” staff to wash their hands. A few strategically placed signs can aid immensely, especially in the washrooms. Did you know that 6 million Brits do not wash their hands after going to the toilet? Oh, and it’s not all Men by the way - just Google it!

 

Importantly, you should ensure that your surfaces and equipment are kept clean and tidy.  Remove as much dust as you can, and keep a good eye on your cleaning company.  They should be taking extra measures to stem the rate or cross-contamination.

 

Mostly, it’s common sense.  I’m sure there’s no need to make huge changes, but it may be time to put into practice some of the things we should be doing anyway!

This post was kindly submitted by Richard & Megan from Dolly Char domestic cleaning Wakefield

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Leaflet Delivery as a form of marketing

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Trudging around delivering leaflets can be a joy, and likewise, can be a nightmare!  It’s great on a sunny day, in a nice area, and you can have a great few hours.  Especially if there’s a few of you, you can have a great time.  However on a day like today where the weather is at best ‘changeable’ and at worst ‘filthy’ there is little fun involved.

However, we wanted to gauge how effective our response from the leaflets was, so I devised a quick and easy way of measuring the response using an Excel spreadsheet.  From this we can see that our efforts in the last two weeks have provided us with an income per leaflet of 44p!

Now that might not sound an awful lot, but if someone said to you, here’s a hundred leaflets.  Deliver them and I’ll give you £1.85 per month, every month, you’d probably think it was a good deal.  Carry that forward to figures like 5000 leaflets, which can easily be achieved in a month, and it’s giving you an income of around £100 per month, every month.

Again, it’s not an exact science, and the figures will bob up and down, but it’s nice to know on a cold, rainy April Monday afternoon, that each leaflet is bringing in the bacon.

This post was kindly submitted by Richard & Megan from Dolly Char domestic cleaning Wakefield

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