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Germs Thrive at the Office, Too! Is Your Health at Risk?


July 18, 2016

When people at work get sick, they blame factors outside of the office. One person got the flu because his child caught the flu at school, another had a stomach ache because of something he ate at home, and so on. Nobody ever says that he or she got sick because of something in the office. However, the truth is that some items in the office have even more bacteria than a bathroom. Moreover, people running around to meet tight deadlines and goals hardly ever have time for good hygiene practices, and they have less time to supervise the person in charge of cleaning the office. How many times have your desk and its items been cleaned and sanitized? How about the stapler, erasers, and pins that are in your drawer? Or the telephone, paper tray, paper cutter, bulletin board, or ruler? We can go on naming items that you can find in any office, but we bet that you have already noticed some items that have never, ever been cleaned before, like your stapler or the bulletin board.

Have you ever seen how your office is kept clean? What gets cleaned and what doesn't? Does the cleaning staff move the desks and chairs when cleaning, or do they just clean the tops of the desks? Do they go deeper and also clean the drawers and everything inside of the desks? How about the door knobs and the light switches? Have you looked at the items they clean with? Do they use a different sponge to clean the bathroom, or do they use the same sponge? How about the cleaning cart, is it clean? If you answered no to any of these questions, your office may need an Office Building Sanitizing.

However, the cleaning staff are not the only ones to blame! How about you? Do you wash your hands frequently, especially after going to the bathroom? Do you eat at the office or do you sometimes eat at your desk? Desks are one of the germiest items in an office, carrying 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.

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So, you can see from the image above (and the items on it) that your desk is one of the filthiest items in your office. Your telephone is the most dangerous item that carries around 25,127 microbes per square inch, and the desk itself typically has around 20,961 microbes per square inch. Microbes are single-celled organisms too small to be seen by the naked eye, and the term usually applies to a disease-causing bacterium.

When you are in an environment full of germs and bacteria, there are more chances of getting sick. Viral microbes can survive a couple of hours to 500 days at the workplace. In the image below, you can find the survival rates of the most common microbes in workplace equipment.Office Sanitizing Survival Rates.jpg

Of course, not everyone gets sick. There are lots of factors involved that could explain why some co-workers get sick and others don't. Some people may have stronger immune systems, while others may be more susceptible if they suffer from allergies and asthma. However, prevention is always better than the cure. Moreover, to eliminate all those germs and bacteria in your office, the easiest and fastest way to do so is by sanitizing your office building.

Office building sanitizing combines the power of ozone – a cleaning and sanitizing agent – with heat to sanitize almost any item and leave it 99.9% free of germs, viruses, and bacteria. When you contact Germinator Mobile Sanitizing, our specialists will come right to your doorstep with The Germinator, a breakthrough technology that redefines the concept of a healthy environment. They will carefully collect your objects and place them into The Germinator, where they will be sanitized in less than an hour. We don't use liquid chemicals, so your electronics and office equipment are safe with our office building sanitizing service. Once the session is over, the items are placed back where they belong, and voila! You will enjoy a healthy office free of germs, viruses, bacteria, and your office will have a clean and fresh smell.

We work hard to provide you and your co-workers with a healthier, safer, and more comfortable environment. So, if you want to improve your company's productivity and have fewer absences at work, give us a call at 855-NO-GERMZ (664-3769) or fill in the form below to find out more about our services and how they can suit your needs. Remember to always stay in touch by liking our page on Facebook at Germinator Mobile Sanitizing, and following us on Twitter @GerminatorMS and Instagram @GerminatorMS. If you want to stay tuned for the latest information about Germinator Mobile Sanitizing, subscribe to our newsletter.
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Sources:
BBC News
Medical Daily