Checklist to help businesses reduce the threat of a norovirus outbreak
CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 14, 2019--
Each year, up to 21 million Americans contract the highly contagious
norovirus. With an estimated annual cost of $2 billion in lost
productivity and healthcare expenses from foodborne norovirus alone, can
your business afford an outbreaki? To help businesses reduce
the spread, Cintas
Corporation offers a norovirus cleaning checklist.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the
most important method for norovirus prevention is handwashing, followed
by safe food handling and preparation, surface disinfection and proper
laundering of soiled clothes and linensii.
“A norovirus outbreak can be devastating to a business’s productivity,
not to mention its reputation,” said John Engel, Director of Marketing,
Cintas. “Just because a surface looks clean, doesn’t mean that it is.
Cleaning with the correct products, on the correct surface with the
correct cleaning solution is essential to reducing the chances of an
To help businesses reduce the threat of an outbreak, Cintas offers the
following norovirus cleaning checklist.
Encourage hand hygiene. Implement a hand hygiene program at
your facility to encourage frequent handwashing among employees.
Whether a retail facility, office building, foodservice establishment
or other type of business, employee handwashing is essential to
limiting the spread of virusesiii.
Post reminders. Post signage in breakrooms and restrooms to
remind employees and guests to wash hands before and after handling or
eating food, as well as after using the restroom.
Identify high-touch spots. Identify and disinfect high-touch
spots that can serve as a source of virus transmission such as
elevator buttons, door handles, railings, light switches, water
coolers and communal items such as copiers, drinking fountains, menus
or cash registers.
Sanitize kitchen equipment. Regularly sanitize employee kitchen
surfaces and appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves, coffee
pots, toasters and furniture such as tables and chairs.
Clean personal spaces. Encourage employees to wipe down and
disinfect desks frequently to help limit the spread of illness
throughout the building.
Stay home when sick. Employees who exhibit symptoms of
norovirus are likely highly contagious and should stay home,
especially those who work in the foodservice industryiv.
For more information on Cintas’ solutions for facilities, please visit www.cintas.com/facilityservices.
About Cintas Corporation
Cintas Corporation helps more than one million businesses of all types
and sizes get Ready™ to open their doors with
confidence every day by providing a wide range of products and services
that enhance our customers’ image and help keep their facilities and
employees clean, safe and looking their best. With products and services
including uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety
products, fire extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance
training, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held Fortune 500
company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol
CTAS and is a component of both the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and
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