Millions of people all over the world spend an inordinate amount in an office space, working in close proximity with others. This makes them a prime source of germs and illness. So how clean is your office?
- Water Cooler
Nearly one quarter of water cooler buttons are considered a serious risk for illness transmission.
Most office keyboards contains 70% more bacteria than a toilet seat.
Office phones have around 25,000 germs per square inch.
75% of office tap handles are considered a serious risk for illness transmission.
Cold and flu viruses can survive for up to 18 hours on hard surfaces. In addition, bacteria increase by up to 31% per day on surfaces that aren’t regularly disenfected.
- Office Desks
Office desks have been found to be more than 400 times dirter than a toilet seat. The area where your hands rest have around 10,000 bacteria on average.
- Working Sick
72% of workers feel that working sick spreads diseases in the office.
- Washing Hands
78% wash their hands often to help prevent the spread of disease.
30% of workers clean their phone, keyboard and desk to kill germs.
- Calling in Sick
Depite it being the best way to prevent the spread of disease, 52% of workers feel bad calling in sick.
What to do
- Wash your hands regularly
- Disinfect your desk, keyboard, mouse and phone.
- Carry antibacterial hand gel and use it often.
- Disinfect your hands after using the kitchen.
- Disinfect your hands after using the bathroom.
- Stay at home if you’re unwell.
- Use trained, reputable cleaners.
What to avoid
- Avoid unnescessary handshakes
- Avoid coming in when you’re ill
- Avoid meetings where you know people are ill
- Avoid placing food straight onto solid surfaces
- Avoid eating at your desk
- Avoid using ohter people’s phones
- Avoid cheap or untrained cleaners
This infographic is by Master Cleaners Ltd