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Contributed by: Faith Enogieru

Workplace Hygiene amid Allergy Season: Proactive Steps for Businesses

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people suffer from allergies. As the seasons transition, numerous allergens become increasingly common, resulting in unpleasant symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, fatigue, and itchy eyes. These symptoms can detrimentally impact employee productivity, attendance, and general health. During the allergy season, maintaining a productive work environment necessitates collaborative efforts from both employers and employees.

About one-quarter (25.7%) of adults have a seasonal allergy, the United States, 2021 – National Center for Health Statistics

While this period presents challenges for businesses, it is imperative to prioritize workplace hygiene for the comfort and health of employees as well as to maximize productivity, reduce absenteeism, improve quality of work, and enhance job satisfaction. Some of the best practices with a proactive approach for businesses to consider include:

  • Empower employees with awareness and knowledge about prevalent allergens and their potential effects on health and productivity. Provide information, key insights, and important resources about common symptoms and preventive measures.
  • Design an Allergy Action Plan to ensure that both management and employees are equipped with the necessary protocols to address allergy emergencies in the workplace.
  • Assess the workplace to identify potential allergens during the season and limit exposure to them to lower risk.
  • Adhere to a strict cleaning and disinfecting regimen, prioritizing high-traffic spaces and high-touch surfaces.

Establishing consistent cleaning routines forms the cornerstone of upholding workplace cleanliness. While businesses typically enact these routines throughout the year, they become especially crucial during allergy seasons. Outsourcing cleaning tasks to a professional team often ensures more thorough results compared to an internal, self-performing cleaning program. Partnering with an outsourced facilities maintenance service provider brings numerous advantages, including their expertise, skills, and capabilities, which can effectively mitigate risks associated with allergy seasons and deliver intended results. An integrated cleaning, disinfecting, and maintenance program can be designed to ensure allergen control, implement HVAC maintenance, improve indoor air quality, and evaluate the workplace environment, along with other benefits.

At Diversified Maintenance, we understand the importance of a clean and allergen-free work environment, which is why we offer comprehensive facility maintenance services tailored to meet the unique needs of businesses across various industries. From regular cleaning regimens to specialized allergen control solutions, our team is committed to helping businesses create safe and healthy workplaces year-round.

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