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Regional - 02/09/2021

Going back to work? Make sure to stay protected.

While some germ contact is unavoidable, most people are unaware of how many germs can hide in a workplace environment. Your office can appear to be the cleanest, spotless and dirt-free room. You think that everything around you is “safe” because desks were wiped down, bathrooms were cleaned, door handles were disinfected and floors were swept.

However, NO! Germs often hide in unexpected places in your office. Illnesses like the flu are airborne and quite contagious, often living on surfaces for two hours or more and can spread when people touch the infected surfaces and then touch their mouth, nose or eyes. This quick contamination can result in one sick employee infecting several others.

A typical office has up to 10,000,000 bacteria:

  • Scientists say office telephones can hold more than 25,000 germs per square inch.
  • It has been reported that keyboards may have more than 200 times as many bacteria as a toilet seat. An average computer keyboard harbors 7500 bacteria.
  • The start button on the photocopy machine is one of the hidden targeted spots in the office with 400 bacteria per square inch.
  • The average water cooler spigot contains 2.7 million germs per square inch. Keep this in mind the next time you are drinking the water from it!
  • The spigot on a water fountain at the workplace can harbor as many as 2.7 million bacteria per square inch.
  • Hundreds of people use the elevators of office buildings every day. 3,500 germs per square inch are found in elevators.
  • Microwave handles carry 48% of bacteria and germs. An average microwave harbors 214 germs per square inch.
  • Your headphones might also be highly contaminated. This is because the bacteria on your headphones can multiply 700 times in one hour!


Use sanitizer before and after using office supplies, appliances and touching any surface that many other people touch, like doorknobs, phones and handrails. This will not only keep your from spreading germs, but also will fight off any germs from your co-worker. Washing and sanitizing your hands and frequently touched surfaces often with reliable hand and surface sanitizers will help protect you from germs.