Germs Can Thrive at the Office, Too! Is Your Office at Risk?
July 18, 2016
When people at work get sick, they blame factors outside of the office. One person got the flu because their child caught the flu at school, another had a stomach ache because of something they ate at home, and so on. Nobody ever says that he or she got sick because of something in the office. However, the truth is that some items in the office have even more bacteria than a bathroom. Moreover, people running around to meet tight deadlines and goals may not have time to properly sanitize and disinfect their workspace, let alone the time to supervise the person in charge of cleaning the office. How many times have your desk and its items been cleaned and sanitized? How about the stapler, erasers, and pins that are in your drawer? Or the telephone, paper tray, paper cutter, bulletin board, or ruler? We can go on naming items that you can find in any office, but we bet that you have already noticed some items that have never, ever been cleaned before, like your stapler or the bulletin board.
Have you ever seen how your office is kept clean? What gets cleaned and what doesn't? Does the cleaning staff move the desks and chairs when cleaning, or do they just clean the tops of the desks? Do they go deeper and also clean the drawers and everything inside of the desks? How about the doorknobs and the light switches? Have you looked at the items they clean with? Do they use a different sponge to clean the bathroom, or do they use the same sponge? How about the cleaning cart, is it ever cleaned? If you answered no to any of these questions, your office may need proper sanitizing and disinfecting.
However, the cleaning staff is not the only one to blame! How about you? Do you wash your hands frequently, especially after going to the bathroom? Do you eat in the office breakroom or do you sometimes eat at your desk? Desks are one of the germiest items in an office, carrying 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.
So, you can see from the image above (and the items on it) that your desk is one of the filthiest items in your office. Your telephone is the germiest item that carries around 25,127 microbes per square inch, and the desk itself typically has around 20,961 microbes per square inch. Microbes are single-celled organisms too small to be seen by the naked eye, and the term usually applies to a disease-causing bacterium.
When you are in an environment full of germs and bacteria, there are more chances of getting sick. Viral microbes can survive a couple of hours to 500 days at the workplace. In the image below, you can find the survival rates of the most common microbes in workplace equipment.
Of course, not everyone gets sick. There are lots of factors involved that could explain why some co-workers get sick and others don't. Some people may have stronger immune systems, while others may be more susceptible if they suffer from allergies and asthma. However, prevention and maintaining a hygienic environment is always important. Moreover, to eliminate all those germs and bacteria in your office, the easiest and fastest way to do so is by sanitizing and disinfecting your office building.
Today more than ever, it is important that office buildings take the appropriate measures to help protect their surfaces against the threat of harmful microbes. We understand the importance of creating a cleaner and more hygienic environment so those who work at or visit your office can have greater peace of mind. That's why Germinator has developed a patent-pending process that provides a new generation of microbial protection for all types of office buildings. Here's the process below:
Germinator's patent-pending methodology is the most unique and cost-effective means of providing enhanced antimicrobial protection for businesses and residences. The company first tests surfaces for ATP using a luminometer to detect light that can come from cellular activity. This measurement immediately provides the level of clean on a surface.
The next step is the application of Germinator's Genesis surface treatment. Genesis is a one-step cleaner and broad-spectrum sanitizer and disinfectant treatment that harnesses the power of hypochlorous acid (HOCl). Derived from naturally occurring minerals, Genesis not only eliminates odors at their source but kills a wide range of bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus
, MRSA, Salmonella enterica
and Pseudomonas aeruginosa
, and viruses including norovirus, rotavirus, and adenovirus on hard, non-porous, environmental surfaces. It meets the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists (AOAC) germicidal spray standards for Hospital Grade Disinfection and is on the EPA's N List of products determined to meet the criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. As a result, this treatment will eliminate bacteria and viruses that may reside in your environment without the use of harsh chemicals or fumes.
Following Genesis, Germinator applies its Shield, a water-based quaternary ammonium compound that imparts a durable bacteriostatic finish. It is EPA-registered as effective against mold, mildew, algae, and odor-causing bacteria. This application creates an invisible barrier that helps combat deterioration and discoloration and promotes freshness for up to three months.
The Genesis and Shield products are applied by using an electrostatic sprayer, which is the most efficient and effective means of delivering the products to the intended application sites. After Germinator's surface treatment and protectant services, the company retests ATP levels to help ensure the surfaces have achieved the intended results.
We work hard to provide you and your co-workers with a cleaner and more hygienic environment. So, if you want to improve your company's productivity and help ensure a sanitized and disinfected environment, give us a call at (336) 530-2900 or fill in the form below to find out more about our services and how they can suit your needs. Remember to always stay in touch by liking our page on Facebook at Germinator
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