The Hidden Bacteria In Your Workplace

It’s common knowledge that offices are breeding grounds for bacteria–the minute one staff member shows signs of a sniffle it’s highly probable the dreaded lurgy will sweep its way around the workplace in no time flat. Yet it’s not only the close proximity of people in an office that allows germs to be passed on so quickly–there are so many other ways in which germs get a free ride from one co-worker to another. A good office cleaning company will offer specialised services to target these bacteria playgrounds, and you should take full advantage of this to ensure the health and hygiene of your staff.

Types of Bacteria in Offices

News 10 recently posted an article with findings from a study conducted by Microbiologist Dr Paul Gerba from the University of Arizona. The article had this to say on the subject:

Before the flu season really kicks in, there are some things you might want to keep in mind. More of us carry digital devices and rely on them 24/7. And, we’re touching screens more often— iPhones, Droids, GPS, iPads. Those devices and much of the office equipment everyone shares at work can harbor lots of germs and bacteria.

Consider this:

These are the numbers of germs of certain surfaces:

Cell phone: 25,000 germs per square inch

Desktop: 21,000 germs per square inch

Computer keyboard: 3,300 germs per square inch

Toilet seat: 50 germs per square inch.

When they said technology would be our downfall, perhaps this is what they meant! Germs and bacteria are so rife on touchscreens, phone handsets and computers because they multiply in warm places. Computer keyboards, desks and even your mouse are kept warm by their power supplies, and are touched hundred of times a day.

Did You Know?

According to Allure magazine:

  • Mostpeople touch their face 600 times a day -once or twice every two minutes.
  • Office where people eat at their desks more harbour three times the amount of bacteria of people who do not.
  • Men’s wallets are, on average, 4 times more filled with bacteria than women’s purses.
  • On average, a person will get 200 colds in their lifetime.

Battle the Bacteria

There are ways in which you can promote a cleaner, healthier working environment simply by making a few minor changes:

  • Try not to eat at your desk–eat in the break-room or get outside and enjoy the sunshine, even for a few minutes.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and keep a bottle of hand sanitiser at your desk.
  • If you have to sneeze, sneeze into your elbow, not your hand–there are less chances to spread germs this way.
  • Invest in a high quality commercial cleaning service that offers IT cleaning .

At one point or another, most of us have uttered the phrase ‘I’m sick of work’. By making a concerted effort to practice better hygiene and keep your office cleaner, hopefully you won’t have to amend that phrase to ‘I’m sick becauseof work’!!

One comment

  1. cleaners camden says:

    The keyboard harbours 3300 bacteria per square inch that is some frighting statistic considering the fact that I share an office computer with couple of other people from the other shift. And the fact that all of us are touching our faces 600 times a day and much of that time is when we are at work is also very scary.

    February 15th, 2011 at 8:38 am

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