The Office Environment: It Is Not As Safe As We Think
Areas, where human traffic is constant, can give germs the perfect conditions to grow and flourish. Workplaces are one example. Employees with poor hygiene practice coupled with frequent human contact can pass on germs that will eventually be brought directly or indirectly into your workspace. The proximity of these germs could even be on your work desk unknowingly. Unless you carry a UV light to work daily, these germs are almost undetectable through the naked eye. Areas that harbour these potential threats are sometimes right under your nose.
Everyone comes into contact with door handles when getting around your office, hence it is a hotspot for bacteria growth. Viruses that can last for hours or even days on end, can be transferred to a host by touching the surface of the door handle. In turn, exposure to human orifices can cause harmful infections.
Desktops have 400 times more germs than a toilet seat. An average of 21,000 germs per square inch! Recent studies also show that men’s desks tend to harbour more germs than women. Think about the places you have visited and all the objects you have touched, before finally stepping into the office and settling on your desk. Time to reflect on your hygiene practice, and to have your meals somewhere far from the desk.
Keyboard and computer mice
One of the most used devices on your desk. Over 4000 germs that are also found on the keyboard are usually found on our skin and orifices as well. It would have most likely come directly from the user. Take precautions against sharing keyboards as the transmission of bacteria from one user could be easily passed onto you.
Who could tell that an ordinary desk phone can harbour a staggering 25,000 germs per square inch, even more than your tabletop? It could be the filthiest device you ever had on your desk. When was the last time you thoroughly sanitised your desk phone?
Despite being surrounded by bacteria, not all of them will make you sick. Washing your hands before and after using these devices helps to rid any microbes that are hanging around your fingers. Maintaining good hygiene in the office is not only your personal responsibility, it is best observed by all employees to keep everyone safe. Most of the time, many companies would require the expertise of a professional office cleaning company to conduct regular office cleaning services so as to upkeep and ensure the hygiene standard of the office.
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