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How to Reduce Sick Days This Cold & Flu Season

Jim Buik - Friday, January 20, 2017

Winter is here and so is cold and flu season. What's worse is that there's a new strain of norovirus circulating, which can cause intestinal discomfort and is running rampant across Chicago now. Restrooms, doorknobs, elevator buttons – it seems everywhere there's a potential for infection.

However, with the right supplies, Roscoe will help you combat sickness during the chilly months with a range of products to keep you healthy.

Flu Shots: Not Enough

Flu shots are usually the first line of defense against winter illness. However, medical personnel are forced to guess which flu strains will be active the following year to give them enough time to develop flu shots in advance of flu season. Unfortunately, you simply cannot rely on this year's shot being effective. Last year's flu shots were only 60% effective overall and only 51% effective on a common flu strain. This means employees are still at risk for an unpleasant illness as well as missed work days and a loss of productivity.

According to Dr. Aaron Glatt, executive vice president of Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, Long Island, NY: ''Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are clearly a very useful and important method to prevent most bacterial and viral infections, with rare exceptions."

Waterless Hand Sanitizers

For those times when water isn't available, Roscoe's waterless hand sanitizers cleanse and protect your skin. There's no need for hand towels and the sanitizer is suitable for office environments and will help fight the transfer of germs and illness between employees.

Air Sanitizers

Masking odors in restrooms as well as kitchens and break rooms is one way to go, but why not sanitize the air instead and eliminate odors? Roscoe's air sanitzers make this possible.

Hand Soaps

In addition to other bathroom supplies, Roscoe offers anti-bacterial, antiseptic hand soaps available in both a rich lathering lotion and a grittier version for industrial work environments. Also available is E2 Foaming Hand Soap, specially formulated for use in the food processing industries, as well as hotels, airports, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and other places where stringent regulations and health standards are of the utmost importance.

Foam Soaps

In addition to our line of hand soaps, Roscoe also offers our antimicrobial foam soap. Thick and fragrant, foam soap is anti-bacterial and suitable for restrooms.

Next Steps

Cold and flu season may be upon us but, with Roscoe's restroom and facilities management services that includes hand and foam soaps, hand sanitizers and air sanitizers, no office or work environment should feel defenseless when it comes to staying healthy and preventing the spread of germs. By contacting us today, you'll help reduce employee sick days and never run out of supplies to maintain a safe, healthy and clean workplace.

Contact us to learn more about our restroom supplies and facilities management services

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