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What are the dirtiest places at work? (hint: not the toilet)


Staff Writer

If you haven’t heard yet, office germs are pretty scary stuff. They lurk in corners you didn’t even know existed, go around super fast and are not only annoying but a real health risk.

Here are the four germ hotspots in your office to look out for

  1. Your desk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Most of us spend hours on end at our desks, working, talking, but also eating and drinking. If you eat at your computer, little crumbs and bits of food and drink can grow mold and yeast around your workplace. Estimates put personal work spaces as having up to 100 times the germs found on the average kitchen table. Computer keyboard and computer mouse also harbour lots of germs because we touch them, talk over them and sneeze on them. Wipe your desk down with antibacterial wipes at least once a week to keep it clean.

  1. Your phone

We often transfer germs we get from shaking hands, handling money or using shared property such kitchen faucet handles and microwave doors to our phones. We also cough and speak into the phone, making it the ideal ground for breeding flu and cold viruses and bacteria. Wipe your phone down with antibacterial wipes at least once a week to keep it clean.

  1. Office kitchen

One of the filthiest places in the office is the sink faucet found in the communal kitchen. People drag germs from their individual desks and offices to the kitchen, where everything is shared. The washing cloths or sponges that everyone uses to clean their teaspoons, mugs and cups are often loaded with lots of different bacteria, including E.coli. Stay away from these, use detergent and rinse without using them and dry your equipment with a kitchen towel instead.

  1. Doors and rails

Doors and knobs are touched hundreds of times in a day, with everyone making contact with them as they enter and exit. Germs can be transferred from people’s noses, pockets, handbags and other dirty places when they grab a door. If you use handrails, always remember to cleanse your hands. So be creative and find ways to not use your hands if you have to open a door or hold on to a rail, use tissue as a barrier, and if you do touch, remember to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before touching your keyboard, coffee mug or your face.


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