6 Dirtiest Places in the Office

6 Dirtiest Places in the Office: Here is what you need to know

October 31st, 2012   •   No Comments   

Fall is definitely in the air, even here in Austin, TX!  This is for sure my favorite time of year with all the festive decor, hilarious costumes, endless bowls of candy, changing of the leaves and the cooler weather.  However, along with this favorite time of year comes all of those nasty germs, including the dreaded flu.  That being said, it is extra important to be sure your cleaning crew is doing a fantastic cleaning job removing those pesky germs before they make you and your coworkers sick. In this week’s post I wanted to help uncover the 6 dirtiest places in the office.

In a recent study performed by Kimberly-Clark they sought out to find the dirtiest places in our office spaces. The study researchers swabbed 4,800 surfaces in office buildings housing about 3,000 employees. Office types included manufacturing facilities, law firms, insurance companies, health care companies, and call centers. You won’t believe what they found. The dirtiest surfaces turned out to be in break rooms: on the handles of sink faucets, microwaves and refrigerators. Now how many times a day do you go to the break room to grab a cup of coffee, a snack from the fridge or heat up your lunch?  If you are like me, it could be up to a half a dozen times a day! How gross!

The 6 dirtiest office surfaces found were in order as follows:

  • Break room sink faucet handles
  • Microwave door handles
  • Computer keyboards
  • Refrigerator door handles
  • Water fountain buttons
  • Vending machine buttons

I don’t know about you, but this was surprising for me!  To know that the break room is crawling with germs, even more so than the restroom, is absolutely appalling to me.  It’s time to do something about that, especially with the cooler weather and flu season upon us.  Look after your cleaning team and ensure they are cleaning these areas.  I can almost guarantee that your break rooms are not being cleaned as thoroughly as your restrooms. And I can also guarantee that your cleaning team isn’t touching your keyboard, or your desk for that matter. In most contracts the cleaning crew is asked not to touch the desk areas, so that part of the job is up to you. I think the best thing you can do to ensure all areas are being cleaned is to create a checklist for your cleaning company so that the cleaning crew can check items off that list once completed and you can have the satisfaction of knowing all areas were touched.

We all know it’s impossible to avoid germs altogether, but we can at least take precautions for a healthier workplace. As the employee, you can keep hand sanitizer at your desk and use it throughout the day, especially after leaving the break room. Wash your hands often and wipe down your desk area with disinfectant wipes.  And if you want to go above and beyond, encourage your building facility manager to install hand sanitizer dispensers at the entrance of the break room and encourage your coworkers to use them before entering that area.

 

 

 

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