Infographic – How Clean is your Office?
Millions of people all over the world spend an inordinate amount of time in an office space, working in close proximity with others. This makes them a prime source of germs and illness. So how clean is your office? In the above infographic, learn what to do and what not to do and ultimately, hire a professional office cleaning company.
How Clean Is Your Office?
Water Cooler – Nearly one quarter of water cooler buttons are considered a serious risk for illness transmission.
Keyboards – Most office keyboards contain 70% more bacteria than a toilet seat.
Telephones – Office phones have around 25,000 germs per square inch.
Taps – 75% of office tap handles are considered a serious risk for illness transmission.
Surfaces – Cold and flu viruses can survive for up to 18 hours on hard surfaces. In addition, bacteria increase by up to 31% per day on surfaces that aren’t regularly disinfected.
Office Desks – Office desks have been found to be more than 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat. the area where your hands rest has around 10,000 bacteria on average.
Working Sick – 72% of workers feel that working sick spreads diseases in the office.
Washing Hands – 78% wash their hands often to help prevent the spread of disease.
Calling In Sick – Despite it being the best way to prevent the spread of disease, 52% of workers feel bad calling in sick.
What To Do
- Wash your hands regularly
- Disinfect your desk, keyboard, mouse and phone
- Carry antibacterial hand gel and use it often
- Disinfect your hands after using the kitchen
- Disinfect your hands after using the bathroom
- Stay at home if you are unwell
- Use trained, reputable cleaners
What To Avoid
- Avoid unnecessary handshakes *
- Avoid coming in when you are ill
- Avoid meetings where you know people are ill
- Avoid placing food straight onto solid surfaces
- Avoid eating at your desk **
- Avoid using other people’s phones
- Avoid cheap or untrained cleaners
* 80% of infections are spread through hand contact
** Eating at your desk can cause food to fall into your keyboard, making it an ideal place for bacteria to survive and multiply