MEMBER BLOG: Where Do Germs Live at Your Workplace?

March 26, 2018

Joyce Ramirez-Bebawee |Regional Director of Business Development/Community Outreach | AFC URGENT CARE
Where Do Germs Live at Your Workplace?

With this year’s overwhelming flu activity reaching every corner of the nation, it’s important to remain educated on the potential hot spots and preventative measures to avoid flu-related germs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American adult spends more hours during the week at their place of work than anywhere else — including their own home.

Here are several ways to protect yourself:

The Break Room

Heating up your lunch in the microwave, indulging in the candy jar, and topping off your cup of coffee are all activities we likely do on a daily basis. Germs linger on surfaces for up to 72 hours. The next time you reach for the refrigerator door handle, kitchen sponge, or turn on the faucet, it may be good practice to use a paper towel as a barrier between you and unwanted germs. It is always recommended that you wash your hands after touching these surfaces, especially before eating. 

Your Own Desk

Disinfecting your desk area is a good habit, especially during cold and flu season. Your office phone, keyboard, mouse, pens, and cell phone should be cleaned daily to avert spreading germs throughout the office. In addition, keep hand sanitizer close by, say no to snacking or eating lunch at your desk, and refrain from sharing office supplies with your co-workers.

Common Areas

Office common areas such as vending machines,

elevators, copy machines, printers, railings, and water fountains are all known surfaces that harbor pesky germs. Again, use the paper towel trick here to bypass contact, capitalize on hand sanitizer stations throughout the office, wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face!

Knowing which surfaces in your office are so-called breeding grounds for germs can help you implement a plan centered around routine disinfecting and preventative action — minimizing your chances of coming down with the illness that has taken the lives of many this year.

Joyce Ramirez-Bebawee is the Regional Director of Business Development/Community Outreach for AFC URGENT CARE, a proud and active member of the BRBC.

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