Before you eat that sandwich at your desk or heat up leftovers in your companies break room, you may want to read this.
Did you know germs can last, on flat, non-porous surfaces, for up to 3 days? Gross! That sandwich you’re about to eat could cause food crumbs to drop in keyboards, mixed with dust and bacteria, this creates a fertile Petrie Dish for germs to fester, ingest, and pass on to others.
A study by Kimberly-Clark Professional, researchers swabbed nearly 5,000 surfaces in office buildings housing about 3,000 employees. The offices included law firms, insurance companies, health care companies, call centers and manufacturing facilities.
The swabs were analyzed with an ATP meter, a device commonly used to assess sanitary conditions in industry. It measures levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule found in all animal, vegetable, bacteria, yeast and mold cells. High ATP levels are present in food or other organic residues left on surfaces. The more ATP found on a surface, the more likely it’s flourishing with bacteria and viruses.
An ATP reading of over 100 suggests a surface could use a scrub-down. Readings of 300 or higher are considered officially dirty and at high risk for spreading illness. Note the meter doesn’t directly measure germs, but the dirty surfaces they cling to.
The dirtiest office surfaces found to have ATP counts of 300 or higher were as follows:
75% of break room sink faucet handles 48% of microwave door handles 27% of keyboards 26% of refrigerator door handles 23% of water fountain buttons 21% of vending machine buttons
Surfaces with readings over 100 that could use disinfecting included: 91% of break room sink faucet handles 80% of microwave door handles 69% of keyboards 69% of refrigerator door handles 53% of water fountain buttons 51% of all computer mice 51% of all desk phones 48% of all coffee pots and dispensers 43% of vending machine buttons
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