You don’t have to be a “germ freak” to realize and acknowledge that the office you work in is full of bacteria and allergens. Unless your office is really bad, chances are, the thought of germs being present probably doesn’t keep you up at night. And we are by no means trying to make you feel bad about where you work or the company you run. However, it’s always helpful to be a little more aware of where germs are located and how they affect you so that if there’s a serious problem, you can do something about it. Keep reading to learn more.
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According to some studies, photocopiers have been found to have around 1.2 billion CFU (colony forming units) every square inch.
It’s tempting to think that we’re safe at our own desks, however, according to Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona, the area beside our keyboards contains 10 million instances of bacteria.
According to a home germ study done by NSF International, 14 percent of writing utensils contained Staphylococcus aureus, a gram-positive, round-shaped bacteria. This type of bacteria is often found in the nose, on the skin, and in the respiratory tract.
According to a study done by Kimberly-Clark Professional, 75 percent of office sink faucets contain 300 ATP or higher. ATP stands for Adenosine Triphosphate and indicates an area that may be more prone to bacterial growth. This is a very high level of ATP considering a clean surface will have an ATP of around 25.
It never comes as a surprise that door handles are a haven for germs. Some door handles are touched by everyone in the company and that shows when you start to realize how much bacteria there is on them. Always wash your hands after you touch a door handle.
Why It’s Important
Germs don’t just make people sick, they also have a significant impact on the company and employee’s well being. If you’re a business owner, you can’t afford to allow your office to be a breeding ground for bacteria and allergens that is having a significant health effect on your employees. Although you can certainly tell employees to do their part by washing their hands after using the restroom and after eating, it’s important that you develop a long-term plan for reducing bacteria throughout the office.
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Preventing the spread of germs and bacteria isn’t just about washing your hands and maintaining proper hygiene. Although that is very important, you’re also going to need to have a dependable cleaner that you can rely on each day to take care of your office like it’s their own home. At Superior Cleaning and Janitorial, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality cleaning services at the most affordable price. Contact us today to learn more.