When people think of dirty or unsanitary places, an office space might not be one of the first things that come to mind. Instead, people probably think of public bathrooms, buses or city streets. However, office spaces can build up a lot of germs and bacteria from the many workers in the office. Many of the statistics about the uncleanliness of the work place shocked me and were very gross!
Did you know?
- Equipment in the workplace can be 400 times dirtier than the average toilet seat.
- There are only 3 percent of offices that clean their equipment sufficiently.
- An average office worker’s hands contact around 10 million bacteria per day.
- Your office desk is 100 times dirtier than the average kitchen table.
These are just a handful of the statistics I came across while researching the sanitation or lack of sanitation in office spaces. Frankly, these stats are DISGUSTING and I would rather not think about the bacterial count on surfaces I interact with every day.
Here are some tips on how to make your desk area clean:
- Use disinfectant wipes! These may just save your desk space from germ and bacterial build up as well as keeping you from catching a cold. You can use disinfectant wipes to clean your desk, office phone, keyboard, and probably much more! This is an easy solution and you can keep a pack of them in your desk.
- Clean your keyboard! As I mentioned above, wiping your keyboard off will help keep things clean, but it is also important to clean around the keys as well. The air pressure cleaners help remove the dust build up, but it also sprays the dust everywhere, so instead you can you a Q-Tip to clean in between the keys.
- Wash your hands! – It is all too cliché to say “wash your hands,” but people still choose not to, which spreads too many germs. So do your part and make sure you’re washing your hands regularly throughout the day (and yes that means with soap).
- Keep your cups and water bottles clean! – These are great for the work day, but just remember that it is necessary to make sure they stay washed and clean since they can easily generate a lot bacteria build up.
Guest Blogger: Ann McGrail
Ann is a PR Intern at TDS Telecom and a Journalism and Communication Arts student at UW-Madison.