Is a Germ free office achievable? No, but we can certainly reduce the number by knowing where the germs hide. We usually think of germs lurking in the bins or work surfaces and carpets. Although germs cant be seen they certainly can be felt.
Research from The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), show that illnesses like the flu spread from person to person when droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air and get into the mouths or noses of people nearby. The germs in these droplets also live on surfaces, such as desks or doorknobs for two hours or longer and can spread when people touch these surfaces and then touch their eyes, mouth and nose. This happens so suddenly that one sick employee turns into four or five or more! Below are a few places where with regular disinfecting, can lower illnesses in your office.
- Phones carry at least 10 times more bacteria then a toilet seat you would be surprise to know. However, the amount of germs on a phone isn’t a problem — it’s the sharing of phones between people. Without sharing, each phone carries just one set of germs, and won’t get its owner sick.The problem with phones is that we’re in constant contact with them, and they spend a lot of time in close proximity to our faces and mouths. And, because it’s an electronic device, most people are hesitant about cleaning them. The entire handset should be cleaned, not just the mouthpiece.
- According to Peter Wilson, a consultant microbiologist at University College London Hospital, sharing a keyboard can pass on diseases and illnesses between those who work in offices. “If you look at what grows on computer keyboards, and hospitals are worse, believe it or not, it’s more or less a reflection of what’s in your nose and in your gut,” he said in a BBC interview. “Should somebody have a cold in your office, or even have gastroenteritis, you’re very likely to pick it up from a keyboard.” The best way to rid a keyboard of its power to get someone sick is to unplug it, tap it gently to remove any food particles, then wipe gently with an appropriate cleaner, making sure not to dry thoroughly.
- The average desk has 100 times more bacteria than a kitchen table. Bacteria levels on desks increase drastically during the day, peaking after lunch. The desktop effectively becomes a bacteria cafeteria. A quick clean once a week will keep the risk of illness at bay.
Office Hygiene Tips
- Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer at your desk
- Wash your hands when you get to work, especially after riding mass transit, such as trains or busses.
- keep your desk clean & tidy free from dust.
Keeping your office relatively germ free can be time consuming, this is why a large number of companies invest in a cleaning contractor to keep on top of the dust and germs on a daily basis. Most contractors Use non-toxic cleaning products and disinfectants to wipe down door handles, conference tables and chairs, workstations and other shared spaces on a daily basis which keeps bacteria at bay.
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