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