The Dirtiest Places In the Workplace (That Might Surprise You)

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The Dirtiest Places In the Workplace (That Might Surprise You)

Did you know it only takes four hours for germs to spread to surfaces around the office when one employee is sick?

During cold and flu season, you and your co-workers are probably being extra careful to not spread germs around…washing your hands more, wiping desk space, even drinking more vitamin C!

Did you also know the flu can spread around the workplace back and forth for weeks if not cleaned properly? That means ensuring not only floors, desktop and main areas are clean but also disinfecting these top hidden germ spots:

Shared Kitchen/Break Rooms:

Lunch and break room surfaces are among the dirtiest in a typical office. A study by the University of Arizona found within two hours, germs from the main floor of the building had made it to the coffee pot because of how frequently it was touched.

“A lot of people are aware of the risk of germs in the restroom, but areas like break rooms have not received the same degree of attention,” study consultant Dr. Charles Gerba, professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, said in a statement. “This study demonstrates that contamination can be spread throughout the workplace when office workers heat up lunch, make coffee or simply type on their keyboards.”

Computers: What do you mean?

Your desktop and keyword are well loved. You spend a lot of time at your desk. That also means you sneeze on it, eat over it leaving little meal tidbits in the keyboard. Checking emails which you eat that office donut means germs, oil and grime are left on the computer and likely not cleaned properly.

Bathrooms: Cleaner than your cell phone but still…

Scientists have found that cell phones carry 10x more bacteria than a toilet seat (Source: Because most of us carry our phone everywhere (even into the bathroom), it can collect bacteria, fast. So disinfecting and wiping your phone is as important as cleaning the bathroom in the workplace. The Important of keeping workplace bathrooms clean is not only for appearances but for the health and wellbeing of others. If your bathrooms are not routinely and thoroughly cleaned, illness-causing germs and bacteria can build up and spread and messes can quickly become hazardous.

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