Although illnesses such as flu and cold are not as common in warmer months, the bacteria and viruses which cause them still exist in the environment. The common cold, the flu or a bacterial infection could spread quickly at any time of the year without proper sanitation and workplace hygiene.
More serious infections such as MRSA or staph can occur in any work setting with crowding, frequent skin-to-skin contact, compromised skin (cut, scrape, or rash), contaminated items and surfaces, and lack of cleanliness, according to the CDC.
The CDC recommends employees wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds, making sure to use soap to prevent the spread of illness and infection. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol may be a substitute.
In addition, cuts and scrapes should be clean and covered and workers should avoid sharing personal items such as uniforms, towels, or razors. As always, gloves or other personal protective equipment are a must, according to the CDC.
Whether its found in a construction work zone, in the office or any job site, here are five surfaces that should be disinfected regularly using EPA-approved products.