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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Careful! Your Office Is Full of Germs (Infographic)

You are probably thinking this post is for those that don’t keep their desk clean and tidy as you do, but you might be in contact with more germs than what you think, even if your desk is as clean as a whistle.

Did you know the average person touches 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, exposing themselves to 840,000 germs!

According to a research made by bestchoicereviews, the study analyzed 5,000 surfaces from office buildings of companies from different industries. 

Why does this happen? It’s probably because 72% of Americans go to work while they are sick. And few of them wash their hands often. At least 1 out of 3 people say they’ve seen a colleague leave the bathroom without washing their hands. 

But sickness is not the only source of germs. Organic residues create bacteria and mold cells that grow when cleaning is not often. The most common places to find germs are:
  • Break room sink faucet handles 
  • Microwave door handles 
  • Keyboards 
  • Refrigerator door handles 
  • Water fountain buttons 
  • Vending machine buttons 

According to the US Bureau of labor statistics, employees are missing 8 days a year due to minor illnesses such as colds. Employees from the business service industry only miss 6 days a year in average.

What to do?

Easy! Wash your hands as often as you can. 

Companies need to provide hand sanitizers, not only in the bathroom but also in break rooms and common areas as the kitchen. 

Ventilation systems should also be checked regularly, to ensure they are working properly and mold is not building up or there are any other environmental issues that may affect your staff. 

Make sure you have a hand sanitizer in your workplace and use it after meetings, after breaks, after touching money and especially after your commute in train, bus or tram. 
And finally, keep your office and your desk organized, it will not only help you stay healthy but it will also make you more productive. 

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