Germs are everywhere and you can’t really do much about them. That’s very disheartening for germophobes to hear right?!
But It’s true! Next to money, our office spaces are the next biggest breeding ground for germs.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people leave the restroom without washing their hands. Really people? How can you tell your kids to wash their hands when you don’t? I guess those are the parents that don’t teach their kids proper hygiene. *sad*
Anyway, did you know:
- There are about 72% of Americans who typically go to work when they’re sick.
- The average person is exposed to 840,000 germs every day.
- 1 in 3 office workers have witnessed co-workers leaving restrooms without washing their hands.
- 53% of Americans don’t wash their hands after exchanging money.
If those bits of trivia make you squirm, take a look at the infographic below for tips on staying sanitary and healthy at work.
So Just how dirty is your office?
Not all germs are bad for you but there are some simple and easy things we can do to prevent illnesses to fight against the bad germs.
Researchers swabbed about 5,000 surfaces in office buildings, including law firms, insurance companies, healthcare offices, call centers and factories. The swabs were analyzed with a device that measures adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is a molecule found in all animal, vegetable, bacteria, yeast and mold cells. High ATP levels are present in food or other organic residues left on surfaces. The more ATP found on a surface, the more likely it’s flourishing with bacteria and viruses. An ATP reading of over 100 suggests a surface could use a scrub-down. Readings of 300 or higher are considered officially dirty and at high risk for spreading illness.
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Over to you…
Diligent washing, wiping and sanitizing can help office professionals reduce their rates of cold and flu by as much as 80%. In addition, you can do the following to help you reduce your risk of infections and illnesses from bad germs:
- Keep your hands out of your face or wash them before touching your face.
- Keep hand sanitizer at your desk and use it immediately after meetings or touching someone who is sick.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when you get to work (especially after riding public transportation), after using the restrooms, after eating.
- Use disinfectant wipes to keep your desk clean.
- Keep hand sanitizer in the break room to reinforce healthy hand hygiene behaviors.