A messy workstation is a breeding site for a multitude of germs, and can become a graveyard for productivity when people become ill. In fact, statistics show that sick days alone cost the UK economy over £77.5 billion a year! Much of this could be saved if all workplaces were clean and germ-free, and it’s easier to do your bit than you think. By tackling the office germ hot spots you can be sure to stay productive all year long. Read on to learn how to banish those sniffles quickly and efficiently…
Germ hot spots
We’ve got you covered. With our range of cleaning, hygiene, and ancillary products, your office will be squeaky clean in no time! But where should you begin? Well, there are certain places of any workplace that require extra attention: the office germ hot spots. These are objects or areas of a workplace that are frequently used and touched throughout the day, allowing germs to spread rife throughout everyone. The main culprits include desks, keyboards and mice, mugs, door handles, and photocopiers; but what should you look out for?
You might not realise it, but most desks are filthy. In fact, on average a desk harbours over 400 times as many germs as a toilet seat. Why? Because you’re more inclined to regularly clean a toilet; people don’t realise how much of a risk a desk can be but, in this case, ignorance certainly isn’t bliss. It’s not only the desk that presents a risk but also the contents, especially when hot-desking. Maybe you’ll think twice the next time the end of your pen starts to look appetising.
Keyboards and mice
We’ve mentioned the contents on your desk, but keyboards and mice warrant their own section. Studies have found an average of 3,000 micro-organisms per square inch on keyboards and over 1,600 bacteria per square inch on a computer mouse. This is another reason why hot-desking can be more harmful than you’d think as it encourages germs to spread, so make sure you keep your hands clean with sanitiser by washing them regularly.
Nothing beats a nice cup of tea, but have you considered what you really could be drinking? On average, 1 in 5 office mugs contains faecal bacteria. While disgusting, this can also prove hazardous to your health if you don’t take action. Make sure you use your own mug, and regularly clean it between uses.
While leading you from one room to another, a door handle can also lead you to a few days off sick. Door handles are one of the most touched items in the workplace, and since 1 in 4 office workers don’t wash their hands after using the toilet it presents a high risk and needs regular attention. In addition to cleaning this area well, make sure to wash your hands before eating or touching your face.
To round off our list, we’re going to mention the humble photocopier. A staple of every office, they’re frequently used and touched throughout the day (I think you know where we’re going with this). In fact, by close of play the average photocopier is touched over 300 times! As always, this facilitates the spread of microorganisms and has earned the photocopier its place on our list.
What does it all mean?
We’ve talked about the dangers of a dirty workplace, and the germ hot spots that have been killing our productivity and making us all ill, but where do we go from here? With winter looming, it’s the perfect time to wage war against germs. Make sure the germ hot spots are cleaned regularly with our range of cleaning, hygiene, and ancillary products and you’re already well on your way to a healthy workplace. Next, ensure you aren’t touching your face too often throughout the day, and always wash your hands before eating.
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