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How Germ-Free Is Your Office?

When you work in an office, you’re bound to come in contact with some unwelcome visitors, otherwise known as germs. Yet, with all the sneezing and coughing an employee deals with on average, you’ve just got to wonder, just how clean is your office?

According to statistics:

– 70% of keyboards contain more bacteria than a toilet seat.

– Office desks are 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat.

– 20% of workers do not clean their desk before eating.

– There are over 25,000 microbes per square inch on the surface of a telephone.

– 26% of office refrigerator door handles need deep cleaning, while 69% need to be wiped with bleach or another disinfectant.

– 75% of office sink faucet handles display high degrees of bacterial contamination.

While the findings are startling, it doesn’t mean that your office is harboring the next bio influenza epidemic. What it does mean is that, whether you are an employee or an employer, you should be more aware of your surroundings and what you can do about them.

What We Recommend:

– Wash your hands with soap and warm water.

– Use antibacterial hand gel after using the kitchen and bathroom.

– Do not come into work when you’re ill.

– Disinfect your workstation.

– Speak with your employer about having your office deep cleaned.

– Only purchase used or pre-owned furniture from trusted vendors.

Taking these little steps can make a big difference in your well-being and sick days needed. Remember, it’s up to you to create a happier, healthier and more productive work environment.

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