With the cold and flu season fast approaching (some would say it’s already here), there are more than a few places we encounter on a daily basis where infecting germs lurk– the workplace being one of them.
A study by Kimberly-Clark Professional examined the hot-spots for germs in a comprehensive study of 5,000 office buildings and 3,000 employees. Office buildings included, but were not limited to, insurance companies, law offices, and manufacturing facilities.
The findings proved something surprising: The bathroom was not one of the dirtiest spots in your office! So, what was?
Sink faucets and microwave door handles happened to be the first most cooty-infested objects in the office, while computer keyboards came in second. These were followed by water fountain and vending machine buttons. So be sure to keep that in mind the next time you walk into the break room for a snack.
Office hygiene is crucial in our fight against germs. Here are some quick ways to prevent the spread of germs in the workplace:
- Hand sanitizer: Hand sanitizer costs about a buck a bottle and kills about 99.9% of germs, 30 seconds after application. You won’t need to move from your desk with it handy.
- Disinfectant wipes: You just had lunch at your desk and started typing away. Have some wipes with you to get rid of the germs on the keyboard and desk. This will keep things from lurking on those keys.
- Wash your hands with hot water: The Food and Drug Administration says that hot water is more effective. Why? It removes oils from your hands that hold bacteria.