Part 1: Maintain a healthy workplace all year long with a managed facility services program

November 30, 2022

Healthcare professional uses a UniFirst dispenser for hand sanitizing foam.
Proper hand hygiene is critical to a successful health practices strategy for your business.



Cold and flu season is here and with people returning to workplaces amid relaxing Covid protocols, the office bug is making an unwelcome arrival.

To help protect against the spread of germs, businesses should sanitize and maintain their facilities the correct way to help prevent bacteria and viruses from going home with employees and visitors alike. A managed facility services program can help ensure a healthy environment all year long, not just when cold and flu germs are at their worst. In addition, a good facility service solutions provider can help save you time and reduce your overall maintenance costs.

Tips to implement for a successful business health practices strategy

  1. Promote regular hand washing

    Employee washes hands with soap and warm water Handwashing is one of the best ways to help protect yourself, your family, and coworkers from getting sick. Experts at the Mayo Clinic point out that hand washing doesn’t take much time or effort, but it certainly offers great rewards in terms of preventing illness.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to help prevent the spread of germs, you should wash your hands often throughout the day and with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the Happy Birthday song from beginning to end, twice! If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to clean your hands.

    UniFirst can help you select the right soaps and sanitizers and get you started on a facility services program that also includes hand-free dispensers for an added layer of protection against the spread of germs. By installing these in and around the office, you can make it easy for people to quickly give their hands a quick cleaning before heading out to a meeting or heading out for lunch. We can also set you up with a program that includes hands-free paper towel dispensers and touch free faucets.

  2. Use Surface Disinfectants

    It's also important to keep all commonly used surfaces clean with surface disinfectants. Health studies have shown that cold and flu germs are able to survive on and be transferred from many commonly touched surfaces for up to 48 hours. Some of the surfaces are obvious, like door handles, phones, and computer keyboards. But others tend to be less apparent, like elevator buttons, cafeteria tables, and debit card keypads. Purell hand sanitizer station in grocery store dispenses free sanitizer wipes

    If your business is using ready to use facility cleaning solutions, cleaning solutions concentrates, or a top off solution dispensing service, then you may want to switch to UniFirst’s Cleaning Solution Dispensing Service to save money on the most commonly used cleaning supplies for your facility. Compared to purchasing ready to use, you may be able to save 90% or more. With our usage-based refill deliveries, we manage the program for you, and you’re only charged for the amount that you use, which adds up to significant cost and time savings.

Don’t wait for the office bug to invade your workplace. Contact UniFirst today, and we’ll get you started on a needs analysis right away and have your facilty services program up and running quickly and easily with our 4-step system backed by our unparalleled service program. Our Route Service Representatives (RSR) can bring these supplies—and more—right to your door with your regular delivery of uniforms.


See Part II of our Preparing your facilities for cold and flu season blog series that focuses on restrooms services, microfiber cloths and mops, and mat services to keep germs out of your building.


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