How To Keep Your Workplace Germ Free

Studies have discovered that the average office toilet seat had 49 germs per square inch. Desktops had almost 21,000 germs per square inch, and phones had more than 25,000 germs per square inch. Desks, handrails, phones, computer keyboards and your mouse are key germ transfer points because people touch them so often.

Studies have discovered that the average office toilet seat had 49 germs per square inch. Desktops had almost 21,000 germs per square inch, and phones had more than 25,000 germs per square inch. Desks, handrails, phones, computer keyboards and your mouse are key germ transfer points because people touch them so often. 

Enclosed environments, where people are working or interacting in close proximity with one another, are particularly at higher risk of the spread of germs. With people often working or moving around public areas while ill, this can quickly lead to localized outbreaks among a larger number of people. 

Researchers swabbed some 4,800 surfaces in office buildings housing some 3,000 employees. Office types included manufacturing facilities, law firms, insurance companies, health care companies, and call centres.  

  1. break room sink-faucet handles
  2. microwave door handles
  3. keyboards
  4. refrigerator door handles
  5. water fountain buttons
  6. vending machine buttons

Since our hands are responsible for the spread of 80% of common infectious diseases, effective hand hygiene continues to be universally recognized as the smartest, most cost-effective means of infection control in the workplace.  

"Health promotion or wellness programs have been shown to be effective at reducing absenteeism, health costs, worker’s compensation claims and turnover but often, forget to address infectious diseases.  Workplace infection control programs focusing on hand hygiene have been found effective at reducing absenteeism on average by around 40. 

Most office cleaning companies might be cleaning but not disinfecting and hygiene is left to the employee, and many don’t bother. At Everbrite Cleaning Services, we suggest using an alcohol-based sanitizer for cleaning the parts you would find the greatest build-up of germs. Simply blowing compressed air over it is not going to remove bacteria clinging to the surface. The best practice is to disinfect AND use compressed air.