Top 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.
4. Fax and Copier Machines - While the toilet seat gets regular cleaning, have you seen anyone sanitize these recently?
5. Communal Kitchen Items - The communal coffee pot, refrigerator, and microwave are all laden with illness-causing germs.
6. Water Cooler - The 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.
10. Elevator Buttons - There's a reason you see people using their elbow to press their floor.
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.
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