Can you guess the dirtiest places in your office? You would think the bathroom, but the scary truth is that dirty places live right under our noses in common places like handles, buttons, and keys.
Time Online reported on a new study by Kimberly-Clark Professional, who swabbed nearly 5,000 surfaces in office buildings housing about 3,000 employees. The offices included law firms, insurance companies, health care companies, call centers and manufacturing facilities.
The swabs were analyzed with an ATP meter, which is a device commonly used to assess sanitary conditions. It measures levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule found in all animal, vegetable, bacteria, yeast and mold cells. The more ATP found on a surface, the more likely it’s flourishing with bacteria and viruses. So if a surface has an ATP level over 100, the surface can use a cleaning, if the level is over 300, the surface is defined as “dirty.”
The Top 5 “Dirtiest” Places in the Office were:
What to do:
Should we wear gloves and face masks as we work at our desks? Vow to never enter our breakroom again? No! Simply have a good stockpile of Janitorial/Sanitation Supplies on hand to keep you safe from the inevitable office germs. Here are some tips to follow along with some of our favorite germ-busters:
Lysol Disinfectant Spray
Use disinfectant spray to sanitize high-touch areas in a break room
Boardwalk Disinfecting Wipes
Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer
Hopefully these tips will help keep you healthy at the office. Remember: Spray, Wipe, Sanitize, Repeat!
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