Bacteria office collegues

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0 ginnastica da ufficioOffices, and especially some areas, are a veritable repository of germs that can endanger the health of those who work.

The computer, the printer, the scanner…all essential objects of our offices, that are also great communicators of germs and bacteria. In particular, is the phone a great communicator for less welcome entities that are keen to get in contact with us.

In fact, it is the dirtiest items of equipment in the average office, putting you in touch with up to 25,127 germs per square inch lurking in the mouthpiece. In second and third position we have the computer keyboard and the mouse. A computer keyboard can host as many as 3,295 bacteria per six square cms and a mouse 1,676 per six square cms. And there’s more! The typical office desk is 400 times more contaminated than a lavatory seat. An unguarded sneeze can propel cold or flu viruses at 150km per hour, to a distance of almost two metres. And other nasties can lead to headline-making outbreaks of hepatitis A, salmonella, dysentery, cryptosporidiosis and Legionnaires’ disease. So, improved hygiene can help to reduce infections and, therefore, absenteeism. Keeping a clean and tidy showroom or office space also does a great deal for a company’s reputation. If your workplace is clean and tidy and customers or potential clients are visiting, you are portraying a positive image of your workplace values. Today, the organisations that concerned with health and safety are striving to get over in their drive to convince more businesses about the benefits of implementing good hygiene practices at their sites.

More clean, more

benefits for all

Maintaining a clean, tidy and hygienic workplace has benefits for all, making any environment more enjoyable and safe to be in - boosting morale and the productivity of staff. If managers promote a clean and tidy workplace, employees are often empowered to follow suit. Clearly, working in a clean environment is a great deal more pleasant than in an untidy, dirty one. For example, if a client walks in and notices that the reception area is dusty and the waiting room is full of old magazines and newspapers, chances are they have already made a negative judgement about your business. But if it smells fresh, has today’s paper and is kept clean and tidy, their experience with your business is already a much more positive one. And yet, taking a few simple steps, such as tackling poor hand hygiene habits, can help eradicate harmful germs and cut absenteeism while raising staff satisfaction and productivity levels.

Hand washing to stop

the spread of germs

Hand washing is an effective method to stop the spread of germs. Today’s employees are working longer hours and taking less breaks, and this is compromising good hand hygiene. According to a study by the American Society for Microbiology one in four people do not wash their hands before they leave toilet areas. So the rule of managers is promote easy access to desktop sanitisers. It is needed for busy workers who don’t have time to wash their hands frequently during the day. The objective? Reduce the absenteeism. In fact, the absenteeism is estimated to cost more than 800 euros per employee each year in the UK alone. A recent study involving office workers found that the use of a hand sanitiser and simple education programme reduced absenteeism by 21 per cent.

If the price is relative…

In hospitals, it is understood you have to have the highest quality of hygiene possible, clean wards etc, because they have ill people with special requirements, but in a building with only offices it is not so common that a client will ask for higher standards in terms of hygiene, even if they should do. Most cleaning contractors and product manufacturers have a special knowledge of fighting against hygiene problems. Unfortunately, all this knowledge cannot really be delivered because for the highest standards you have to pay more and most employers are not willing to pay this price, especially in these austere times when the trend is to cut costs, not increase them. The price can be relative, however, because if you pay for a better hygiene you may save money in the long term because you reduce the level of germs in the workplace - and, therefore, absenteeism due to infections.

Office desk: a nest for less welcome entities

The typical office desk is a playground for over 10 million of these little bugs and is 400 times more contaminated than a lavatory seat. An unguarded sneeze can propel cold or flu viruses at 150km per hour, to a distance of almost two metres. And other nasties can lead to headline-making outbreaks of hepatitis A, salmonella, dysentery, cryptosporidiosis and Legionnaires’ disease.

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A recent study involving office workers found that the use of a hand sanitiser and simple education programme reduced absenteeism by 21 per cent

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Les bactéries,

nos collègues de travail

Les bureaux, et certaines zones en particulier, sont des véritables nids à germes qui peuvent miner la santé des personnes qui y travaillent

Un lieu de travail plus hygiénique signifie aussi un personnel plus sain et plus satisfait, avec moins d’absences pour maladie et avec une meilleure productivité ? La réponse est oui, absolument. Au point que l’industrie du nettoyage véhicule ce message auprès des directeurs des bureaux et structures. Même si au bureau tout a l’air propre, bien tenu et désinfecté, l’endroit regorge de bactéries et virus qui pourraient déclencher une gastro-entérite ou une fièvre, sans cause apparente. Après toute une série d’analyses, une entreprise américaine de désinfection des lieux de travail nous donne un classement des six pièces ou objets qui sont des nids à germes insoupçonnés. Ces résultats ont été obtenus à l’aide d’un instrument spécial qui a passé au crible près de cinq mille postes de travail les plus disparates (centres d’appels, assurances, cabinets juridiques, entreprises industrielles, etc.), fréquentés et utilisés par environ trois mille employés. En tête du classement, la poignée de porte de la salle de pause (coin cuisine ou salon utilisés pour se relaxer ou pour casser la croûte), suivie de la poignée du four micro-ondes. En troisième position, le clavier de l’ordinateur, déjà mis au banc des accusés par une étude anglaise de 2008 qui l’avait jugé plus sale que la lunette des WC. En quatrième position, la poignée du frigo, en cinquième la fontaine à eau, et en sixième les touches du distributeur de snacks/boissons. Ces objets, anodins, deviennent ainsi des probables foyers d’infection. Par conséquent, les règles et opérations d’hygiène doivent être renforcées pour prévenir les maladies et les infections provoquées par les bactéries pathogènes. En attendant que des mesures spécifiques soient prises, nous vous conseillons vivement de bien vous laver les mains avant et après tout contact avec poignées, touches, robinets, etc.

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