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The Top 5 Dirtiest Places in Your Office

The Top 5 Dirtiest Places in Your Office

Only 3 percent of offices effectively clean their workspace. That’s a scary number. Thousands of strands of bacteria can live in your office for just a few hours or up to months on end. Some of these items may surprise you as the most germ infested places in your office.

  1. Your Desk

  2. In this study ‘Is your job making you sick?’ Dr. Gerba (the Germ Doctor) found that an office desk carries more than 400 times the amount of bacteria found on a toilet seat. Many office employees find themselves snacking during the day and most could admit to the fact that they only occasionally clean their desk. Your hands ingest bacteria that could last for over 72 hours.

    An office desk carries more than 400 times the amount of bacteria found on a toilet seat.

  3. Your Phone

  4. Ever shown a co-worker an image on your smartphone and he or she had to take it to get a better look? Did they touch the screen to enlarge the picture? You then take the phone back without thinking about it and put it up to your ear for a call. Now those germs from your co-worker’s hands have made their way to your face in a moment. Microbes such as MRSA can last on your phone anywhere from six weeks to seven months.

    You can’t wash your phone, so try leaving a container of screen wipes on your desk. A few times throughout the day, wipe down your phone (its front and back) to help rid germs.

    Microbes such as MRSA can last on your phone anywhere from six weeks to seven months.
  5. Refrigerator Door Handle

  6. I don’t know about your office, but in ours people are in and out of the refrigerator throughout the day. This is a surface that a lot of people touch, but rarely think to clean. Make sure to wash your hands after touching a fridge; you don’t want those germs to transfer onto your food and then in turn inside your body. Make sure to wash your hands after touching a fridge.
  7. The Coffee Pot

  8. In one test, researchers placed a virus (not harmful to humans) on door handles throughout an office. Within four hours, it had spread to half of the 80 person staff. The place where the bacterium was most rampant was the coffee pot handle. To help reduce the risk of spreading germs, try placing hand sanitizer in every room of the office. Touchless hand sanitizer dispensers are great for reception areas and drastically reduce germs coming in from outside sources. The place where the bacterium was most rampant was the coffee pot handle.
  9. Light Switch

  10. I touch my light switch constantly – when I come in in the morning, leave for lunch, go to a meeting, and almost every time I leave my room to conserve energy. Since a light switch could be touched by thousands of people in its lifetime, try using the back of your hand versus the front. Since a light switch could be touched by thousands of people in its lifetime, try using the back of your hand versus the front.

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