Governments are like any other entity: workers who are off because they are sick means lost productivity. We are all familiar with the idea that viruses such as influenza, norovirus and even the common cold are more frequent during winter. And we have all heard about the potential problems associated with less common, but potentially more serious, infections such as MRSA and C. Diff. Many of these infections spread through hand contact or by water droplets, in the air and on surfaces, originating from coughs, sneezes and vomiting. The potential for transmission is increased when people are closer together indoors and some estimates suggest that upwards of 60 percent of illnesses are contracted at work.
Infection control has become an issue in organizations that introduce “hot desking" where people share desks and other equipment such as telephones and computers. Keyboards and handsets can harbor bugs that might infect the next person to use them. Routine cleaning can be tricky which is why it helps if staff observe good personal hygiene to reduce the chances of leaving infective agents on surfaces. A sensible precaution is to wipe the most frequently touched parts of the handset and keyboard before using them.
Unlike their corporate counterparts, governments also deal with military and healthcare issues. Government agencies typically include oversight and even direct control of hospitals. As such these entities need computers that are safe to use and can help reduce the spread of infection.
While being able to wipe off equipment is good, even better is the use of equipment that is washable and that can be easily disinfected. Only Seal Shield™ keyboards and mice with Silver Seal™ protection meet the tough IP68 submersibility standards. These keyboards and mice use the exclusive Seal Shield waterproofing technology (Patent Pending) that make the the only fully submersible and dishwasher safe products on the market. These keyboards can even be washed in a diluted bleach solution to disinfect the board thoroughly. Seal Shield keyboards and mice are protected with Silver Seal antimicrobial plastic and silicon.
Infection control does not have to be difficult and some simple precautions can eradicate many of the most common potential risks. It always makes sense to discuss cleaning issues with a specialist supplier who will be able to advise on the most appropriate product, tool and procedure for a particular circumstance.