Maintain a Healthy and Safe Gym for Your Patrons
This entry was posted on January 24, 2014.
Going to the gym is a major part of life for many people. It’s a great way to stay in shape, maintain a healthy weight and exercising relieves stress and anxiety. However, it’s up to gym owners to keep their facilities clean and safe for their clientele, so they can enjoy all the benefits going to the gym has to offer without worrying about getting sick.
Gyms are known for spreading upper respiratory tract infections and there have been cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA being spread to patrons that used equipment immediately after an infected person. Athletic foot, jock itch and a number of other infectious diseases are also found in gyms but there are measures you can take to keep your clientele healthy and safe.
Tips to Help Maintain a Clean and Healthy Gym
Dirty floors, unpleasant odors and unclean equipment are some of the main problems found in the workout area of gyms. Using an assortment of gym floor mats can help keep your floors clean and presentable. Use entrance mats at all entryways to stop most of the dirt and debris from ever entering your facility and to protect your patrons from slip and fall accidents. Use heavy-duty mats and anti-fatigue mats throughout the gym to help protect your clients from other injuries related to working out.
In the article Harmful Germs May Lurk on Gym Equipment, HealthNews talks about some of the problems you’ll find in gyms and it will give you a better idea of how important it is to keep your equipment clean and sanitized. It also gives patrons some good advice on how to protect themselves. To reduce the spread of germs and infections, you need a regular routine for cleaning and sanitizing the equipment.
Cleaning and Sanitizing Tips
Much of the cleaning and sanitizing that you’ll do will be after hours when you can clean the whole facility without interruptions. However, constant monitoring and cleaning throughout the day is also necessary to ensure you’re doing all you can to protect your clientele.
Maintain enough staff members to monitor the gym constantly so there is always someone available to assist the patrons and to clean the equipment between uses. Make sure all towels and similar items that people share are washed and dried properly and educate your staff on the importance of maintaining a healthy and safe environment for clients.
You can also take extra steps by providing paper towels and sanitizing spray in convenient locations throughout the gym. This way, your clients can have added protection and peace of mind by cleaning and sanitizing the equipment themselves before and after they use them. Even if they see a staff member cleaning, some people will feel safer when they have this option.
You have an obligation to keep your patrons safe and they count on you to protect them from the spread of infectious diseases and other gym related problems. Using floor mats to reduce the amount of dirt and debris that enters your facility and gym mats to reduce injuries in addition to keeping all equipment clean and sanitized, will help you maintain a healthy and safe environment for your clientele.