The CDC’s guidance on flu prevention is to be expected: get the flu shot, stay home if you get the flu, wash your hands regularly, and clean any contaminated areas in your home.
Personal hygiene isn’t the only way to lessen the spread of the flu. As facility managers, you’re in a unique position to reduce flu circulation by practicing effective decontamination across properties, client sites, and any other relevant locations.
That means cleaning and disinfecting transmission areas — like doorknobs and sinks — with solutions that kill flu germs, following labeled instructions to make sure chemical absorption occurs, and using UV light technology to double-check for surviving bacteria.
Communicating and verifying cleaning processes seems straightforward — if you’re only managing a couple buildings. But how can you implement these procedures across hundreds of properties that are cleaned by dozens of facilities companies?
Before you launch into that unified platform, create a flu season SOW. This SOW could include what areas of each building require additional cleaning, when and how frequently to clean, and what type of feedback you’ll be collecting on the cleaning processes.
You might be responsible for a variety of properties, including office buildings, manufacturing plants, or retail stores. What are the attributes of an office building versus a manufacturing plant that would require different cleaning protocols?
Once you’ve written cleaning guidelines that are both general and property-specific, think about how you’d like to verify those activities. Should janitorial supervisors answer questions in a survey, take before-and-after pictures, or send bacteria counts on specified surfaces? Consider how you can accurately confirm that work is complete, knowing that detailed reporting is critical to show value.