Keeping your 911 dispatch center clean and free of nasty germs and bacteria should be everyone’s responsibility. A dusty/dirty workspace can reduce your immune system, cause allergy issues and keep you from being your best in an already stressful environment. Even if you are not feeling sick, you can still be carrying harmful germs and bacteria with you. Use these tips throughout the year to prevent the spread of germs and reduce the domino effect of workplace illness.
Best Cleaning Practices for your 911 Dispatch Center
- Dust & clean your desk areas – Dust with a vacuum to reduce accumulation and redistribution from feathers & dusters. Clean surfaces with soap and water.
- Disinfect your desk – Consistently disinfecting your workspace is a great way to eliminate germs. Desks and the items on them have high potential for contamination.
- Clean food consumption spaces – Wash hands and areas where food is eaten before and after consumption…even at the console desk!
- Disinfectant products including wipes – Use as directed on the label. DO NOT DRY the surface immediately following use. Allow the surface to dry on its own or wait for the time listed to kill germs before wiping. The drying process kills bacteria and viruses.
- Avoid ‘hot spots’ or disinfect them regularly – Items such as the fridge, door handles, printers, coffee pots, etc. are heavily used by all employees and often forgotten in the cleaning/disinfectant cycle. This makes it easier to spread germs from coworker to coworker.
Health Tips for your 911 Dispatch Team
There are also Health Practices you can personally begin and encourage others to do as well that not only increase your immune system to help fight germs but can also assist in reducing stress and put you on the path to a healthier future!
- Wash your hands
- Keep & use hand sanitizer at your desk when you can’t wash
- Avoid touching your face
- Never cover your mouth or nose with your hands
- Keep your distance
- Hydrate…DRINK YOUR WATER!
- Sleep, Exercise & Eat Well
- Take your Vitamins
These best practices have been shared by our our friend Jenny Mason from CCS – Communication Center Specialists.
CCS has been servicing those who serve us since 2008. They are passionate about keeping centers clean and in working order so our first responders can be there for their communities. For more information and a quote for service visit their website commcenterspecialists.com.