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Germs in the office not on the toilet seat

Flu Season Is Upon Us

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So what better time to talk about germs in the work place right?

desktop_germsgerms-300x261You’ll never believe this, but out of the many germ research articles I’ve read, (and I’ve read a lot), toilet seats were either at the bottom of the list or didn’t even make the Top “Germiest” list!

  1. Telephones: An estimated 25,000 germs per square inch can live on the workplace telephone.
  2. Elevator Buttons:Think of all the fingers that take turns pushing the buttons to get to a designated floor.
  3. Computer Keyboards:A workplace keyboard is one place that pretty much have fingertips resting on is constantly throughout the day, so wherever those finger have been, the computer keyboard has likely been there too.  200 times as many bacteria as a toilet seat!
  4. Water Fountain: It is estimated that there are 2.7 MILLION bacteria per square inch on public drinking fountains!
  5. Bathrooms: Unfortunately, most office bathrooms don’t have toilet seats lids. Flushing the toilet without the toilet seat down can literally spray particles up to 20 feet in the air. (Of course at home you are less likely to be concerned about toilet seat lids being left up especially if you have a Topseat “self closing” slow close toilet seat.)

Dr. Gerba, a well-respected microbiologist states: “As a comparison, the ATP levels of a toilet seat “is less than 200, and there’s 400 more times bacteria on an office desktop than the toilet seat. The safest place from germs in the office is the toilet seat.

Watch this video on “Germie Offices” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/23/germy-office-surfaces-break-room_n_1534329.html