How often do you touch surfaces in the break room or the workplace kitchen? How about your keyboard, mouse, and phone?
Do you ever touch your face after touching any of these spots? Do you eat after?
When was the last time any of them were cleaned?
Did you know that, depending on the specific germ, bacteria and viruses can survive on surfaces for anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks?
Any surface that people are often touching at your workplace is a place where germs and illnesses spread. On average, you will touch about 300 surfaces every half hour! As everyone does the same, it’s easy to see how bacteria and viruses start to really move from employee to employee.
A study of various workplaces – including manufacturing facilities, insurance companies, law firms, call centers, and so on – revealed some of the dirtiest places in the workplace:
Break room faucet handles
Refrigerator door handles
Water fountain buttons
Vending machine buttons
Each of these places has something in common: they are called “touch points”. Touch points are surfaces that multiple people come into frequent contact with. They are where infections and illnesses live, spreading to the next person who touches the surface.
Simply keeping these high-touch surfaces clean can drastically reduce illness and absenteeism in your workplace. Effective cleaning programs disinfect and sanitize common touch points with safe germicides, cutting down on cross-contamination and destroying the germs in these frequently touched spots.
Here are some additional common touch points in many workplaces: