Creating a safe and healthy workplace is a growing priority for all employers, especially as cold and flu seasons seem to hit harder each year and novel viruses emerge. To accomplish this goal, businesses must look beyond standard cleaning. Clean facilities don’t just look better—they provide a healthier, high-performing environment that makes for happier employees and customers, too.
Our new guide, Cleanliness at work—How to protect your people and your profits with LEAN cleaning, offers practical tips and techniques that help reduce risk and improve cleaning best practices.
More than ever before, employee health and safety are of the utmost importance. However, providing a safe and healthy workplace has also never been more complicated. What are the best ways to protect your people and stop the spread of illness, while maintaining productivity and a healthy bottom line? LEAN cleaning helps you strike the balance.
“How can I be more productive at work?” continues to be a hot question for today’s workers. No matter your industry or role, everyone is looking for new ways to power through the day. And it’s no wonder—on an average eight-hour workday, more than two hours are lost to non-value added activities. These include:
20 minutes preparing to start work
15 minutes looking for tools and supplies
30 minutes retracing steps
15 minutes lost due to complexity of work
25 minutes lost to rework loops
If it only cost $10 to improve safety for your employees and customers, plus avoid paying $100,000+ in damages, would you do it? Most people would say, “Of course!” Yet this expense (the average cost of one bag of ice melt) is often overlooked or delayed.
Ice melt helps minimize slips, trips and falls in snowy or icy conditions. While there are other methods for de-icing, ice melt works faster and lasts longer than products like rock salt thanks to its mix of sodium chloride, magnesium chloride, and calcium chloride.
Sickness can impact both personal safety and business productivity. With this year’s season on the horizon, now is the time to prepare to keep your employees and business healthy. 80% of germs are transmitted by hand-to-hand contact, so keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps to avoid illness and outbreaks in the workplace.* Here are four steps to reduce germ transmission and boost wellness.
1. Explain proper handwashing
Need help taking the trash out? Selecting the right can liners for your facility can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. However, any ol’ bag won’t do. Get to know these bag basics and choose your liners wisely!
1. Determine the proper resin type for your application
LLDPE – recommended for sharper objects and will stand up to heavier, irregular waste
HDPE – recommended for paper and non-sharp objects with light to moderate transport needs
2. Determine how much weight your can liner needs to hold
Improving results requires seeing cleaning as a holistic function of a facility. Some companies treat cleaning either as a simple housekeeping task or a necessary evil. This mentality often leads to neglecting processes, taking shortcuts and looking for the cheapest and easiest solution. The potential negative effects and expensive consequences far outpace any dollars saved upfront, and as a result, the whole facility suffers. Applying the same principles to cleaning as one would to any other critical facility function is the most effective way to experience positive results.
Hand sanitizer is a seemingly simple product that’s easy to use. Just pour a small amount into the palm of your hand, quickly rub together and then you’re germ free, right? Not exactly. Believe it or not, there’s actually a right and wrong way to use this liquid germ fighter.
Just because you’re at work, doesn’t mean you have to skip out on Earth Day celebrations. You can rideshare with coworkers to and from, organize a group activity to plant seeds, or take the stairs instead of the elevator. But if you’re looking for a longer-lasting, more meaningful way to celebrate at your facility, start by incorporating sustainable commercial and janitorial cleaning products into your cleaning program.
When selecting eco-friendly commercial cleaning products, here are some key attributes to look for:
HOW TO WIPE AWAY WINTER FROM YOUR FACILITY
When you think of spring cleaning, what comes to mind: dust bunnies, scrubbing baseboards, Marie Kondo? Every spring, when the sunshine resurfaces and the trees begin to bud, you give your house a good once over. This year, show the same TLC to your home away from home.
The following will help revitalize your office and make sure you get the most out of an annual spring cleaning.