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How to Avoid Germs at Work

The workplace can sometimes prove tricky when trying to avoid germs and still get a job done. Outside of going to the extremes of wearing elbow-high gloves or hiding away to prevent professional handshakes, there are ways—reasonable ways—to avoid germs, or at least limit your exposure to them. The following are a few easy ways to prevent germs and their spread:

Clean your workspace

Though you cannot control what others do, you can manage yourself and your work area. Keep your area tidy and disinfect it regularly. For instance, if you work at a desk, attempt to disinfect your phone and computer keyboard and mouse at least once or twice a week, if not daily. These areas are havens for germs and bacteria. Additionally, avoid eating at your desk as it obviously increases the likelihood of food particles or crumbs, which can lead to flies and other pests.

Avoid door knobs/handles if possible

Door knobs or handles on entrance and exit doors as well as bathroom doors are bacteria-infested. Avoid making bare-skin contact with these and, instead, use a used paper towel. If that isn’t an option, wash or sanitize your hands as soon as possible after touching such areas.

Keep hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes nearby

Hand sanitizer or sanitizing lotion, as well as disinfecting wipes, are perfect for both the home and office. Their convenient sizes allow you to carry them practically anywhere so, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you can be assured your hands stay germ-free.

Careful in the kitchen

A recent study indicates that workplace kitchens are the dirtiest of any room in an office, as they are frequented by the most people within a company. In addition to being a high-traffic area, kitchens also contain the most surfaces that are touched by the most people. Wash hands both before and after being in the company kitchen and avoid touching your food directly after touching a kitchen surface or appliance.

Try to limit touching your face

No matter where you are, but especially in the workplace, limit how much you touch your face. Bacteria and sickness are easily spread through the areas on the face, such as the nose and mouth.

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