Battle of the Germs in the Work Place
Are you worried about germs in the work place? Here are tips on how to prevent the spread of germs in the workplace.
According to an article at top10md.com, “Germs in the Workplace”
“Something you may not be thinking about this fall is the epidemic spread of germs in the work place, especially potential cold and flu viruses! Microbiology professor, Charles Gerba, of the University of Arizona, conducted a study and then presented his findings at the Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in Washington, D.C. This study found that germs can spread throughout cubicles and the work place within 4 hours and reach up to 60% of workers and visitors.
Where Are the Most Common Places for Germs to Be at Work?
Gerba’s research found that the most common areas of traces of the virus (MS-2), which he used in his study, were:
- Door knobs
- Tabletops in conference rooms or other group areas
- Kitchen and break area
From these findings, Gerba concluded how much more quickly germs travel through our hands than air-borne through a sneeze. Furthermore, even though MS-2 virus was conducted in the study, the same conclusions can be drawn about cold and flu viruses.
How Do We Cut Down on Spreading Viruses in an Office Setting?
A quick, easy and effective option to help reduce the spread of viruses is to use hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes. It is important that both of these items contain an ingredient referred to as (QUATS) or quaternary ammonium compounds, which are found in most brands. Through the use of this, the virus spread was reduced by 99%! It should also be noted, says Gerba, that it is a common misconception that using hand sanitizer reduces the body’s resistance to germs.
Other Ways To Help Reduce The Spread of Germs at the Work Place
Press elevator buttons with your knuckles: Even though this is basic, especially use this method for the first floor button, which everyone touches. And incorporate using hand sanitizer if you forget or after pressing elevator buttons in any circumstance. Though this may seem minimal, you probably are going to inevitably begin typing on your computer, which then has brought outside germs to your keyboard. Furthermore, your hands will travel to your face and later your food. The same method can be used for the “send” button on your company fax machine. Press with care!” To read the entire article click here.