Are you aware that almost every minute, a working adult comes in contact with almost thirty objects that could be rendered unwholesome by microbes such as viruses or bacteria? As a result of this contamination, ineffective diseases may occur. According to a research conducted recently about microbial survey in a workplace, it shows that the keyboards of our computers, the surfaces of desktop, telephone receivers and mouse are full of bacteria and viruses when compared to the seats of the restroom.
A microbiologist from University of Arizona, Dr. Charles Gerba portioned out some tips about how to keep office hygienic and clean always. He made it known further that one of the common places where microbes can be contacted is the office. In his survey, it shows that nearly 20 to 30 percent of women handbags hide fecal bacteria.
In Dr. Gerba research, he discovered that average seat of the restroom in the offices are made up of 49 germs per square inch. However, the desktops contain nearly 21,000 germs per square inch while phones have over 25,000 germs per square inch. From this research, it has been concluded that the keyboards of the computers, desktops, mouse and phones are the major point of germ transference due to the fact that almost every moment they are being contacted by people.
The microbiologist, Dr. Gerba said further that sneezing and coughing also create room for a tract of viruses which can reside in the open space for about 3 days. Since workplace is a closed environment where people interact or work very close with one another, there is higher risk of contacting the germs faster and easily. For those people that usually move around the public areas or working when they are ill-exposed, this can speedily result to focalized irruption among huge number of people as it widespread. Just of recent, WebMD survey revealed six dirtiest places in the workplace where microbes can be easily contacted apart from the computer system and its accessories. They include:
- Buttons of vending machine
- Handles of break room sink-faucet
- Buttons of water fountain
- Handles of microwaves
- Handles of refrigerator
Obviously, it shows that our hands are the major accountable for the spreading of almost eighty percent of the common contagious diseases. This is the reason why it is highly effective to exercise hand hygiene consistently because it is recognized across the globe as the best and the most impertinent and cheapest way of controlling the contagious microbes in the workplace.
How to Avoid Microbes in Your Workplace
1. Always Clean Your Keyboard
Many workplace cleaning companies ignore keyboard and computer cleaning due to the fact that they are avoiding any form of damage risk. For this reason, hygiene is left to the employees and most of the employees do not bother about this cleaning. The microbiologist, Dr. Gerba recommends that one of the best ways to clean the workplace keyboard is to make use of sanitizer with alcohol ingredient. By just blowing ordinary compressed air device over it will not eliminate the microbes that stick to the surface. But with the alcohol-based sanitizer through compressed air, one can easily disinfect the microbes on the keyboards.
2. Try To Protect Your Face
Employees always touch their faces with their hands more than 10 times in 60 minutes. When this happened, all the microbes that was glued to the keyboards, phone or desktop are brought in contact to our digestive and respiratory systems through our faces every 3 and a half minutes. What a better transportation system for viruses and bacteria. Can you see the reason why you must protect your face from contaminating your system?
3. Disposal Of Waste Food
Foods are stores in the drawer while employees eat at his/her desks. The food crumbs can pile up and give a huge breading space for viruses and bacteria. If your work area or drawer is dirty, you are exposing your health to sickness and disease which could be very dangerous to your health. This could eventually lead to business liability.
4. Avoid Germs Crawling
Both germs and bacteria can replicate within few minutes and have their way from their hiding space or work space to another place. Dr. Gerba, suggests that one must take note of the hygienic practices of neighbors. This will enable you to take precautions to avoid the bacteria or microbe sharing.