Germs in the workplace
Now that cold and flu season is upon us again it’s no surprise that offices, factories, and other work facilities are hotbeds for bacteria and viruses. The most important steps towards preventing the spread of germs is to wash our hands. Germs are lurking all over the workplace. The CDC estimates that 80% of all infections are spread by hand contact. So, most of the places we touch are likely harboring germs. Here is a list of how to minimize infection on the following surfaces.
1) TELEPHONES – Scientist say office telephones can hold more than 25,000 germs per square inch. Users should wipe the keypads and handset with sanitizing wipes after use, and periodically throughout the day.
2) COMPUTER KEYBOARDS – It has been reported that keyboards have over 200 times as many bacteria as toilet seats. Shared computers are especially hazardous. Use disinfecting wipes that remove dirt, dust, and dander. Make sure whichever you use will be safe to use on your keyboard.
3) ELEVATOR BUTTONS – Hundreds of people use elevators every day. Protect yourself by using and elbow or knuckle instead of your fingertips to push the buttons.
4) WATER FOUNTAINS – Public water fountains can harbor 2.7 million bacteria per square inch. A good alternative is to bring in your own water bottle from home