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The Office Germ-Fest

July 9th, 2013 · No Comments

To be your most productive and efficient at work, you need to stay healthy. You know that it is good to be careful around sick colleagues, but how careful are you about some of your office areas? It is helpful to be aware of those germ-laden breeding grounds that are hiding in plain sight. Otherwise it does not matter how much time management training and office organizing skills you possess, if you keep succumbing to that office germ.

The editors of Best Choice Reviews chose to explore the sanitary conditions in a typical office. To evaluate, the researchers measured ATP levels. ATP is found in all animal, vegetable, backteria, yeast and mold cells. The higher the level, the more likely that an area is a breeding ground. An ATP count of 100 suggests the need for a good scrubbing. Over 300 is officially dirty and high-risk.

Here are a few of the areas that showed ATP levels of more than 300.

  • 75% of break room faucet handles
  • 48% of microwave door handles
  • 27% of keyboards
  • 26% of refigerator doors
  • 23% of water fountain buttons
  • 21% of vending machine buttons

The average person touches 300 surfaces every 30 minutes.  If you want to stay healthy and productive, keep that hand sanitizer readily available, and frequently use disinfectant wipes to clean off your desk area!

For more information on keeping your office spaces clean, check out the infographic from Best Choice Reviews.

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