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Companies are losing billions due to employee illness - Here's how to reduce your sick days in the workplace.

Everyone gets ill every now and then - it's unavoidable. What is avoidable is the spread of germs and illness in any workplace. Simple precautions will reduce the spread of illness and germs in any office space. By promoting healthy behaviors and utilizing basic cleaning techniques - business owners can reduce their employee sick days and thus reduce costs.

  1. Clean surfaces frequently and promote washing of hands. Offices must regulate someone or hire a day porter to clean surfaces that are frequently touched by personnel. Kitchens, breakrooms, computers, bathrooms, and anywhere else hands touch surfaces must be wiped down a few times a day. The flu virus can live on a surface for up to 48 hours and infect an unsuspecting person.
  2. Use proper cleaning chemicals. There are ton of cleaning agents for different things. Do some research and ask questions but make sure you get the right chemical to clean the surface it is made to clean.
  3. Use disinfecting wipes on computers and other electronic equipment. Call centers are notorious for heavy turnover and sick employees. This is because no one wipes down the computers that are used by different employees.
  4. Train your staff and pay extra for their services if they clean. Give motivation to those employees who take on cleaning duties. You're going to spend the money. It is much more costly in loss revenue due to an employee being sick then it is to pay for extra cleaning services.
  5. Promote healthy living proactively in your office. A healthy office is a productive office. Make the decision to make yours one.

Take the time to learn how to clean your office properly. Make sure your employees know what it takes to keep their workspace clean. You can save money by utilizing some very simple office cleaning techniques. Stay healthy!

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How to kill Hepatitis A

How to kill Hepatitis A

According to the Florida Department of Healthy, the number of hepatitis A cases are rising in Volusia County. 

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus. The virus is highly contagious, the Hepatitis A and is usually transmitted by the fecal-oral route, either through person-to-person contact or consumption of contaminated food or water. Contamination can occur when infected persons do not wash their hands properly after going to the bathroom and then touch other objects or food items. This is why surfaces that are frequently touched should be cleaned and sanitized often

Symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, diarrhea, clay-colored stools, joint pain and jaundice, which is yellowing of the skin and eyes. They usually begin four weeks after exposure and develop over several days. Hepatitis A can be spread through food or drink that has been contaminated with fecal matter from those infected. 

Hepatitis A outbreaks at the Volusia County Branch Jail have forced four or five quarantines at the facility this past summer. 

These outbreaks can be contained with proper cleaning techniques. Here are Burns we have Spartan Diffense Disinfectant Cleaner to help you fight off any sort of outbreak.

Spartan Diffense is an EPA-registered, broad spectrum, cleaner disinfectant proven to kill Clostridium difficile spores while also killing Escherichia coli, extended beta-lactamase resistant (ESBL), Hepatitis A Virus, Hepatitis B Virus, Hepatitis C Virus, Norovirus, Rotavirus, Influenza A (H1N1) Virus, HIV Type 1 in 30 seconds. 

If you need to sanitize your office or home, stop by or order online Spartan Diffense Disinfectant Cleaner. Do your part to contain and kill this virus. Wipe down all surfaces and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds thoroughly. Do not fall victim to Hep A! Thank you and stay safe out there! 

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It’s hard to run a successful business in America today. Money is harder to make and even harder to keep. One of the most overlooked areas that business owners tend to constantly fail to appreciate is keeping their office or store clean and healthy by paying for a quality supplies to be used by professional cleaners. As a cost cutting measure many businesses will pay the least amount possible for their janitorial service or they will hire “in-house” cleaners by having an employee handle the cleaning with no extra incentive or training to do the job properly.

An unclean office will only result in worker absenteeism that cost employers thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that productivity losses linked to absenteeism cost employers $225.8 billion annually in the United States, or $1,685 per employee.


Productivity losses linked to absenteeism cost employers


(or $1,685 per employee).

Source: CDC, International Monetary Fun



So why do employers constantly pay less for a quality janitorial service when the results are higher worker illness and absenteeism? Education and money for the most part.

Here's an article that found in 2015 alone over 500,000 Americans in various areas were infected with the bacteria known as C. difficile. The deadly bacteria C. difficile kills nearly 15,000 Americans each year and while it once was only found in hospitals these deadly organisms have now invaded your local medical office.

Many medical offices, along with other businesses, refuse to pay a reasonable rate for their cleaning service and as a result, their offices are quite unhealthy. Exam tables were not wiped down properly, medical equipment was full of grime while waiting room chairs and windows were full of dust. Most offices failed to utilize proper germicidal cleaners and disinfectants like Spartan PD-128 and Spartan CDC-10 that will kill most medical office germs, viruses and most fungi including HBV (Hepatitis B Virus), HIV-1 (AIDS Virus), Herpes simplex Type 2 and Influenza A3/Hong Kong viruses. Instead these offices were cleaned with common household cleaners that are not made to kill the micro-organisms lurking around.

It’s a good practice to take a good long look around next time you visit your doctor and if you see dust on chairs and windows – RUN as this is a tale-tell sign that the office is not clean properly.

Unclean medical offices are just an example of how keeping an unhealthy and unclean workplace wastes money that hurts workers and customers while in turn reduces profit.

Visit Burns Supply in Holly Hill Florida for all your professional cleaning needs. Our experts will point you in the right direction to help keep your medical office or any office clean. We take great pride in having the best and most knowledgeable staff in Volusia County. 

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