How Safe Do You Feel At Work?

Forget about cyber-attacks and muggings in the street. What about the health risks you’re exposed to? You think you’re safe because you always wash your hands and keep your desk clean.

I’ve got bad news for you. Every client or colleague is a walking hazard.

 32% of people don’t wash their hands after using restrooms. Did one of them recently touch items on your desk?

This is why 1 676 microbes per square inch are found on computer mice. And your telephone? 25 127 microbes per square inch. This is exponentially higher than the 49 microbes per square inch you’ll find on any standard toilet seat.

 Frightening, isn’t it?

Eat at the office regularly? Beware of the microwave and refrigerator handles. More than 65% of them are rated as “officially dirty”.

 And this is why you get sick! It’s not someone’s sneezing you should worry about. 80% of infections are caused by touching dirty surfaces.

So what can you do?

Take action to keep yourself safe:

  • 1Use fewer communal areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.
  • 2Prevent people using your computer or office stationery.
  • 3Disinfect your desk regularly, because only 3% of offices are cleaned effectively.
 The responsibility is now in your hands.

Find out more about the gross and gruesome facts in the infographic by Vapester below.


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Written by Danielle White
Medical Writer & Editor

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