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Cascades Pro Offers Concepts to Control Spread of Germs at Work
Print Article Contributed by BSM Staff

WATERFORD, NY -- The Centers for Disease Control estimate that sick employees contribute to an average of $225.8 billion dollars of lost productivity every year. 

It’s no secret that office spaces can be hotbeds of germs and bacteria. A study conducted by the University of Arizona showed that viruses can make their way around half an office in just a few short hours.

There’s no way to completely avoid the spread of germs in an office space, however there are a number of things that can be done to keep it to a minimum. By providing employees with the proper policies and resources, Cascades Pro, a developer of paper products, says offices can be set up for a healthier, happier and more productive environment. It recommends the following:

Encourage the use of sick days
Nothing spreads germs faster than a member of the office coming in to work when they are sick. Once one person gets sick, it’s just a matter of time until it moves onto the next one. On average, office workers can come in contact with upwards of 10 million bacteria per day, some of which (the common cold) can live on surfaces for up to 3 days. Rather than have sick employees come into the office, encourage them to take sick days or work from home, if possible.

Provide germ-fighting tools
It can be easy to overlook the importance of regularly cleaning work stations and common break areas, especially when the necessary tools are not readily available. Investing in products like hand sanitizer and facial tissues can help employees stave off some of the 10 million bacteria they come in contact with at work.

Easy access to cleaning supplies and sanitizing wipes, like the Cascades PRO Tuff-Job Disinfectant Wet Wipes, can encourage more frequent cleaning of desks, keyboards, phones and other office surfaces.

Let technology play a role
The presence of germs is inevitable, however, there is technology available that can help eliminate some of the ways germs are typically spread. Installing motion censored and controlled-use technology in bathrooms and office kitchens can limit the amount of surfaces that employees have to touch.

Automatic toilets, faucets, soap dispensers, and paper towel dispensers, like the Cascades PRO Tandem Mechanical No-touch Roll Towel Dispenser, can all lend a hand as office spaces try to become less susceptible to the spread of bacteria.

For more information on roll towels, germ removal and Cascades Pro, go to www.pro.cascades.com/en.











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