According to the Financial Times this week, (Oct 15, 2014), 130 million work days were lost on account of sick leave last years in the UK, with an estimated cost to business of around £32bn. Whilst this figure includes costs associated with absenteeism resulting from back problems and stress, anything than can reduce peer to peer colds and flu contagion in the workplace is positive news for employers.
When it comes to illness and infection, the spore / infection supply chain is surprisingly simple. One typical scenario is as follows:
Little Jonny catches a bug at school …..
Protect all surfaces with a natural antimicrobial five day+ coating. Biofluids are excellent. They can be added once weekly to the normal cleaning process, and should include all human touch points.
Where appropriate, apply a fix to the air conditioning ducts. It is a simple fix, a UV Light apparatus fitted to the air duct to disinfect all air circulated throughout the building.
Apply photocatalytic lighting to eradicate airborne infection when upgrading lightbulbs in areas of high risk: loos, public areas, canteens, etc.
Incorporate air purification systems at facility level to increase staff welfare, reduce bacterial count and help remove VOCs that can cause sick building syndrome.
When back problems are an issue, investigate the use of Far Infra Red (FIR) Heat Pads for accelerated recovery.
Keeping work areas safe is a priority for any business. Investment in creating healthy work environments to reduce staff illness from peer to peer infection is perhaps one of the greatest unexplored potential returns on the balance sheet to date .
Founder and Director of NanoLand Global and EcoBioLand