There’s no bigger turn-off than a musty smelling hotel room or restaurant. Beyond that, visible mold or mildew can be the absolute kiss of death.
For many of us, more time is spent in the workplace than anywhere else. It is not surprising that offices, factories and other workplace facilities have germs spread all throughout their environments. Exposure to these germs can cause illness which can adversely impact productivity, operational costs, health care costs, morale and most importantly the health of employees. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that up to 80% of all infections are spread by hand contact with contaminated surfaces and direct human contact. The Journal of Environmental Medicine (JOEM) suggests that respiratory illness alone can cost as much as $134 per employee per year and 1.4 hours of lost productivity per day. Some bacteria can live for two hours or more on a hard surface while others can remain for much longer periods of time. Research has shown that greater than one-third of employees are germ conscious and care about the health and cleanliness of the workplace.
While studies have demonstrated contamination throughout multiple areas of the workplace, the highest levels of contamination have been found in office break rooms and kitchens. These germs are then brought back to workstations by employees and subsequently spread throughout the facility. No one can avoid germs entirely, but by proactively protecting surfaces from these harmful pathogens, the risk of illness can be reduced, sick days can be decreased and productivity can increase. The newest research with employers reveals that the largest “cost” of illness is not medical care but lost productivity. This makes prevention of disease a better investment than ever.
Germ Protective Systems can assist you with your efforts to protect you and your office employees and the reputation of your hotel or restaurant by helping to mitigate the spread of microbes which can cause illness, stains, odors or surface damage in your workplace environment. By using our technology to kill a vast array of pathogens on a daily basis to continually combat bacteria that can cause damage, stains and odors, office building employers, restaurants, and hotel owners can improve the overall environment in their facilities, save costs and reduce toxic chemical use.