If your office happens to be in a commercial building where people use an elevator to move between floors, the elevator buttons can easily hold and transfer germs. In a study at Arizona University, it was determined that there are over 540 germs per square centimeter on elevator buttons—17 times more than on toilet seats.
Suggestion: Try using your elbow instead of your finger to press the button.
2.Microwave and refrigerator handles
Not many people think of cleaning microwave or refrigerator handles around the office, buteveryone uses them. The grease on these handles can support colonies of bacteria. What'smore, since people use these appliances when they are eating, they are more likely to becomesick from the germs.
Suggestion: Use wet tissues to wipe the handles before using the microwave or refrigerator.And don't forget to wash your hands before and after a meal.
Water faucets in the bathroom or break room are another favorite hiding place for MRSA andother germs. People wash their dirty hands, but no one ever thinks of washing the dirty taphandle. Consequently, it's easy to pick up germs immediately after washing your hands, as youturn off the tap.
Suggestion: Wash your hands often, and wipe the faucet before you use it.
This one should come as no surprise. You wouldn't believe the amount of germs and grime thata keyboard can hold. Touching your eyes or nose, or eating while typing, can easily make youvery sick.
Suggestion: Use disinfectant wipes to clean the keyboard every day before you use it.
If many people share a telephone at your office, you should probably take precautions when using it yourself. The buttons and handset can both hold germs and transfer infections. Research shows that germs on a phone's handset can reach as high a concentration as 162,000 per square centimeter.
Suggestion: Keep your mouth slightly away from the handset while using the phone.
Printers in offices can be another vehicle for spreading infections. Hundreds of hands touch the printer every day. Research shows that there is a surprising amount of fecal bacteria, escherichia coli and staphylococcus aureus on the touch screen of a printer. Moreover, the warm environment of the printer makes it even easier for bacteria to thrive.
Suggestion: Wipe the printer before you use it.
Even though your office desk looks clean and tidy, that does not mean it is germ-free. In fact,even a clean office desk can hold over 20,000 bacteria. If you have the habit of snacking ordoing make-up at your desk, the number could be even higher.
Suggestion: Always remember to disinfectant your desk with wet wipes before you start your work, even if the desk appears very "clean" already.