5 Ways Dust in Your Workplace Kills Your Profits

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Dust is nothing, right? Well, if you are eager to answer “yes” to this question, you should think again. Dust can be far more dangerous than you think.

Doctors will tell you that inhaling a lot of dust on a daily basis can be harmful to your health.

We’ll let them discuss that further, but the “dusty” topic we can tackle is – how does dust hurt your business.

What makes Alsco an authority on this subject? Well, we’ve spent decades working in an industry that deals with keeping other businesses safe, healthy and clean on so many levels. We have seen businesses come and go and we have seen the effects of poor as well as flawless hygiene.

That is why we are eager to share with you 5 ways dust can kill your profits. Even better, we will show you one of the ways you can reduce the amount of dust in your workplace. But, let’s start with why should you even care about how dusty your workplace is:

Dust Contains Germs

Research shows that dust in your home contains around 9000 different microbes. There are also 2000 types of fungi present. Not all of them are dangerous and not all of them can hurt your health. Now, this is home dust. Mostly, only your family frequents your home, possibly pets, as well.

Now, imagine how many of these germs are present in a workplace that gets visited by a lot more people than your home. Again, not all of those germs and fungi are dangerous to your health, but there are some that can cause respiratory issues.

What does that have to do with profits?

If your employees are ill due to a bacterial infection or other airborne contaminants that find their way into your workplace via dust, you will face two negative effects.

The first one is that those ill employees will try to power through their illness. Don’t encourage them to do so. They should rest. Moreover, they will contaminate others, as well. Even if they work, their productivity will be decrease.

The second one is your employees staying home until they get better. This is definitely a better option for their health and it should be encouraged. However, this will cost you in terms of sick leave.

In other words, too much dust in your workplace can leave you with employees on sick leave or struggling, sick employees with reduced productivity. Either way, it’s your profits that will suffer.

Dust Causes Allergies

Some allergies are less severe while others can be much more dangerous. Dust allergies can turn into a severe reaction that can even trigger asthma attacks. A dust allergy is actually an allergy to dust mites.

Doctors may suggest that patients who have dust allergies remove carpets and similar items that help dust mites survive. They also recommend excellent floor hygiene. That is why your workplace needs dust control mats.

Allergic reactions are pesky and annoying when they are in their mildest form. They mean a runny nose, irritated eyes and similar flu-like symptoms. Can you imagine suffering from reactions such as these and giving your best in the workplace? Of course not.

This drop in productivity will definitely be noticeable in terms of profit. That is why it is important for your workplace to have a strict no-dust policy if you have allergy prone employees. Dust control mats are a great start.

Dust Hurts Your Electronics

How much money have you invested in computers and other electronic devices for your workplace? Probably a lot. They are necessary tools for your work, but only if they are working well.

Dust can slow down and damage your electronics and can be one of your biggest budget drainers. When you put the costs of electronic maintenance on paper, is it significant? Does it increase over time?

How does dust hurt your electronics, you may wonder. Well, everything that has coolers and filters, like your PC can get clogged. Once that happens, the temperature inside the device rises. A higher temperature leads to overheating and overheating leads to malfunctions that are hard to fix.

Also, some of the dust may be corrosive. In that case, your switches, contacts, sliding potentiometers and such can be destroyed.

Dust Increases The Need For More Frequent Filter Replacements

“Which filters?” you may ask. The answer is “All of them!” If you have a filter in your workplace, dust will cut its lifespan short. Most commonly, when we’re talking about filters, we are referring to air conditioning. After all, these are the filters that have to process most of the air you and your employees are inhaling.

When packed with dust, those filters need to be replaced sooner than expected. Not doing so means you are increasing the risk of a respiratory infection avalanche in your workplace. Not to mention that an air conditioner that works with constantly clogged filters will soon break down.

Dust Turns to Mud

Nobody likes doing business with a company that isn’t able to keep their workplace clean. Dusty, dirty and muddy entrances prevent you from leaving a good first impression. You need good entrance mats, so that dust doesn’t go any further.

For that to happen, your entry mat needs to be an effective dust control mat that prevents the dust from spreading around. Moreover, if the dust comes into contact with any sort of liquid, you know what happens – it turns into mud. You don’t want that in your workplace.

Luckily, there is a very easy way to find entrance mats that keep dust at bay without making a huge investment. Think – rental mats.

Alsco has amazing and efficient dust control mats that we rent for a monthly fee. A flat monthly fee gets you all the entrance mats you want as well as regular cleaning.

You don’t have to think about them at all once you make an agreement with our Alsco representatives. Contact them now and solve your dust problems today!

5 Foolproof Ways to Reduce Restaurant Kitchen Injuries

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When you think about the most dangerous places to work at, a restaurant rarely crosses anybody’s mind.

However, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, women sustain most of their workplace injuries in restaurants and cafes. The numbers show that out of 1,000 women working in such places, 98 sustain an injury of some sort.

As an employer, you are responsible for the safety of your employees. While you cannot prevent every single injury in a restaurant kitchen, it is important that you keep doing your best.

Moreover, it is up to you to offer workplace first aid kits and quick and efficient solutions in case of injury.

You already know what the legal requirements are when it comes to workplace safety, but here are another five things you can do in your restaurant to make sure injuries are not a common occurrence in your kitchen.

Organise Your Restaurant Kitchen to Ensure Free Passage

Good kitchen organisation is golden. You need to make sure you have a designer who understands the challenges and the workflow of the restaurant kitchen. This is very important as bad kitchen organisation can increase the number of work injuries, but also slow down work. Slow work means less productivity and that decreases your profits.

For example, it is not a good idea to put fryers near sinks or at the very entrance to the kitchen. Water from the sink can easily get into the hot oil from the fryers and that can cause burns and scalds.

Secondly, if the fryer is at the entrance of the kitchen or near heavy traffic areas, the chances of people getting hurt increases.

Similar rules go for the washing area in the kitchen. It should be separate from the food preparation area. Washing dishes means that there can be a lot of water on the floor from time to time. This increases the risks of slips and falls in the kitchen. Therefore, the food preparation area and the washing area should be separate.

It is important that your restaurant kitchen be organised in a way that requires minimum movement around the kitchen. The bulk food storage should be next to the food preparation area, which should be next to the stoves.

Everything a person who prepares the food needs should be a step or two away from them. If restaurant staff need to walk across the kitchen all the time, the risk of different injuries increases.

Make OHS First Aid Supplies Available

Australian first aid kits and their contents are recommended by the WHS/OH&S acts, regulations and codes of practice. You need a strategically positioned first aid kit in every restaurant kitchen. The most common injuries that occur in a kitchen are:

  • Cuts and skin punctures
  • Scalds and burns
  • Slips and falls

For these to be treated, you need easily reachable first aid kits, packed with appropriate first aid supplies. Here are the recommended items that should be in your first aid kit:

  • Contact information of first aiders and first aid guide
  • Dressings, regular and adhesive
  • Bandages, regular and stretch
  • Wipes
  • Eye pads
  • Saline solution
  • Clasps and safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Gloves

There are no specific items that first aid kits in Australia must contain, but these are the recommended items that should be handy as they allow your employees to quickly disinfect, dress and sanitise any wound.

Ensure Staff have Protective Workwear

Ask anybody to imagine a professional kitchen and they will describe staff wearing chef hats, pants and jackets and they will most likely mention aprons. While being the trademark of any kitchen, restaurant kitchen workwear also has a protective function, especially the aprons.

The first function of restaurant kitchen workwear is to protect your kitchen staffs’ clothing. The uniforms have been designed to ensure that they can be removed quickly and washed thoroughly. They also offer an extra layer of protection between your skin and harmful elements such as hot oil or fire.

Prevent Slips and Trips

When you think about how a person might get hurt in a kitchen, cuts and scalds are the first things that come to mind. However, it is time to lower your eyes to the floor and take a close look.

If you are in a hurry, it is quite easy to trip or slip while trying to get that order out in time. Specialised wet area mats can prevent slips almost entirely.

A number of injuries can be prevented by good kitchen organisation. More can be prevented by using appropriate wet area mats that reduce slippery surfaces in the kitchen.

Hire Enough Staff for Your Kitchen

Tired and overworked kitchen staff will make more mistakes. They will be clumsier and they will hurt themselves and others more easily.

For example, a person who has to run around the kitchen for the entire shift and then quickly dice some tomatoes is more likely to cut themselves than someone who has the time to take it easy.

If you think you can save money by hiring less people, think twice. Kitchen staff are usually skilled and know their way around a kitchen. If they get hurt, replacing them means training new staff, paying for sick leave, which slows down your entire operation.

Accidents in the kitchen are not only dangerous for the person who was injured. There is also the issue of contaminating the food and jeopardising the sanitary conditions of the kitchen. That is an additional reason why you need fully stocked first aid kits in your restaurant kitchen.

You don’t have to buy them. You can simply rent them from Alsco Australia and enjoy all the benefits of our rental program. If you rent our first aid kits, you will get:

  • Expert advice about where to place them and how
  • Expert advice about the contents and the number of first aid kits
  • Regular checking and restocking of your first aid supplies included in your fee
  • Fully stocked first aid kits without capital investment

Contact Alsco Australia and get the best deal possible for your restaurant. This investment will pay off in terms of staff safety and increased productivity.

Washroom Services: 6 Ways Paying for it Saves You Money

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When it comes to workplace washrooms, SafeWork Australia lists some requirements that are to be respected by all workplaces.

If you have more than 10 employees, you will need to provide separate toilets for male and female employees. An additional toilet should be installed for every 15 females or 20 males.

There are many more requirements that your workplace should meet. That tells you how important workplace washrooms are from a legal point of view.

However, there is much more to it than just meeting the legal requirements. It is also about saving money and improving employee satisfaction.

You need to make sure your washroom has all the elements it needs, including hand washing and hand drying systems, different consumables and regular washroom cleaning.

Alsco Australia offers excellent washroom services that you should consider if you feel that workplace washroom management is a bit too much. Before you roll your eyes thinking about how this will cost you a lot, here’s 6 ways outsourcing your washroom services actually save your company money.

1. Decreases the Workload for Your Cleaning Staff

Running a company means having cleaning staff. There has to be somebody in charge of cleaning the washrooms and providing hygiene services for your company. They will tell you that deep cleaning your washrooms takes up the most of their time.

Therefore, if you choose to have washroom services in addition to the efforts of your cleaning staff, you will be able to reduce employee numbers. This means paying less in terms of salaries and other expenses.

2. Gives You More Value for Your Money

While there is no doubt that your cleaning staff can do their job very well, it is unlikely that they have the industrial-level tools and the special know-how that people like Alsco have to offer.

The people we send are trained to perform services such as deep cleaning, biological treatments and other extremely thorough cleaning methods. This means that for a similar price, you get unmatched sanitary services. In other words, you will get more for your money.

3. Boosts Employee Productivity and Satisfaction

There are numerous studies and surveys that show how much employees all over the world appreciate sanitary workplace washrooms. Some of them even go so far as to claim that a big part of your employees’ satisfaction with their workplace has to do with their satisfaction with the condition of the washroom.

This may seem like a far fetched idea, but just think about it for a moment. How do you feel when you are in a situation in which you cannot use a washroom properly due to poor hygiene? Miserable, of course. So, how does all this save your money? In employee productivity. When people feel comfortable in their workplace, they are more productive during work hours.

4. Reduces Workplace Infections

You need flawless hygiene systems in place in order to reduce workplace infections. Most viruses, bacteria and other germs spread because of poor hand hygiene.
For this to work well, good hand hygiene conditions must exist. Of course, your washroom needs to be squeaky clean for this to happen.

Poor hygiene means more workplace infections. More workplace infections means more sick days. More sick days means more burden on your budget and decreased productivity.

5. Saves You Time for “Real Work”

As you can see from the previous points, workplace washroom hygiene is critical for the success of your company, your employee satisfaction and the state of your budget. Maintaining a clean workplace washroom at all times will take a lot of work from your side.

You have to think about a cleaning schedule, the quality of the cleaning, the state of the consumables in it and all of those little things. It may not be a lot, but it piles up, and sooner or later, you’ll end up thinking about your washroom too much.

All that time is time not used for your “real work”. You should be making new deals, running the company and be in meetings, instead of thinking about cleaning. That’s how washroom services saves you money by saving you time.

6. Reduces the Cost of Consumables

This is where Alsco Australia comes in. With our flat rate, you don’t just get cleaning services. We can regularly stock and restock all your consumables. All for a monthly fee.

We can offer soaps, paper towels, hand sanitisers and even sanitary waste disposal. There is a wide range of consumables that we can supply you with. It is much cheaper to have that covered by your monthly fee than to go around and shop for those supplies.

Now that you understand that a workplace washroom service can save you time and money, it is time to consider improving your efforts in that department.

Alsco offers washroom services at a fixed monthly cost that you agree upon. You can always increase or reduce the number of services you require, thus directly influencing your monthly price.

Contact Alsco Australia today and get the best possible quote for your company. Our representatives will work with you to tailor an excellent offer based on your requirements.

Once you agree on your monthly fee and the services you get for it, just sit back and watch how Alsco improves your workplace experience. Call us now.