If you’ve pumped gas, used a grocery cart, or touched an escalator handrail, you’ve come into contact with a few of our most germ-ridden public places. But what about less public spots, like your office? Turns out that’s a hot bed of bacteria too. Before cold and flu season gets into full swing, let’s take a look at the top 10 germiest places at work.
10 Germiest Places at Work
1. Office Phone – According to University of Arizona research, your office phone gets coated with bacteria from your mouth and hands, harboring about 25,000 germs per square inch. Yikes!
2. Keyboard and Mouse – Unavoidable and constantly touched.
3. Desktop – Most of us don’t wipe down our desktop before and after eating lunch or a snack, yet food particles can be a breeding ground. And if you place your purse or briefcase on top of your desk, you’ve just added to the petri dish. (Hope you aren’t reading this during your lunch break. If you are stop and sanitize right now!)
4. Fax and Copier Machines – While the toilet seat gets regular cleaning, have you seen anyone sanitize these recently? Yep, I just compared your copier to the toilet. Who wants to go make copies now??
6. Water Cooler – The water cooler spout rarely gets disinfected and you often see people filling their already used water bottles or cups with it, sometimes touching the spout directly.
7. Shared Pens – You might want to think twice about letting a co-worker use your pen. On average, surface germs lurk for up to 72 hours.
8. Common Areas – Conference room armrests, doorknobs, light switches, and railings, touched by many hands and cleaned only occasionally, if that.
9. Vending Machine – Beware the innocent vending machine. Fingers, money, and food – a great combination for harboring potential pathogens. Neither the vendor filling it nor the cleaning crew wipe down this germy beast. All the more reason for your very own snack drawer.
10. Elevator Buttons – There’s a reason you see people using their elbow to press their floor.
Let OfficeZilla Help Keep Things Sanitized
Even the cleanest person comes into contact with various bugs and bacteria on a daily basis. While frequent hand washing remains your best defense, add an extra layer of protection by using disinfectant wipes on frequently touched items and keeping a hand sanitizer available. And, just in case the bug bites, be sure to have a fresh supply of cold and flu medicine on hand. With these tips in mind, you can stay strong and healthy this season and all year long.