germs in the office

The fact is, the office is a hotbed of germs, a microbial monstrosity! When you think about it, how could it be anything but that? It’s a place where a large number of people spend long hours in close proximity. Often there’s less ventilation and direct sunlight filtering in and with carpeting around, using a floor disinfectant isn’t a possibility.

It’s no surprise when one person catches the cold, many of his co-workers will end up getting the same virus!

What are the dirtiest places the office?

It might interest you to know which are the dirtiest areas in an office, from a “germ” point of view. Below are the top places with the most amount of germs.

  • 75% of break room sink faucet handles
  • 48% of microwave door handles
  • 27% of  keyboards
  • 26% of refrigerator door handles
  • 23% of water fountain buttons
  • 21% of vending machine buttons

As you can see, it is not the toilet. Most of the germs are found in the break room sinks. (Source: Time)

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Water fountain and vending machine buttons come up highly on the dirty hotlist. And so are coffee mugs and glasses. (source: Bluelighthealthy)

You’ve dealt with computer viruses – now get a load of the real thing! Computer keyboards and mice, which are in constant contact with human hands are natural nesting places for germs.

While none of this may surprise you, here’s something that will. The number of germs in the office varies with the profession of the occupants. Schoolteachers have the worst – but to be fair, you can’t blame them. It’s their students who are responsible for the mess and the germs.

Below is the list with jobs that have the most germs:

  • Teacher/Day Care Aide
  • Bank Employee/Cashier
  • Tech Support/Computer Repair
  • Doctor/Nurse
  • Lab Scientist
  • Police Officer
  • Animal Control Officer
  • Janitor/Plumber
  • Sanitation Worker
  • Meatpacker

So, what can you do to keep your office a cleaner place?

• Practice regular sanitizing. And that means usage of disinfectants on a regular basis.
• Removing carpets can make a huge improvement.
• Improve natural ventilation
• Designate eating areas, and establish a routine to disinfect those places.

Of course, it also helps if people maintain high standards of personal hygiene. This can mean posting signs reminding people to wash hands and clean up after themselves especially after they’re done with their lunch.

Image by Achim Thiemermann from Pixabay

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