Filthiest Surfaces In America
October 26, 2011 by staff
Daily chores usually make trips to and from work can also end up in nursing, according to a new study by Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB), the Dallas health products manufacturer. The study examined levels of contamination in the gas pumps, handles mailbox, parking meters, pedestrian crossing buttons, handles the escalator and sale of the buttons on the machine in six cities, including Atlanta , Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Philadelphia.
And the results were anything but sanitary. Armed with a SystemSURE Hygiene meter that measures ATP sanitary conditions, hygiene kits were deployed in high traffic locations to collect swabs on objects. The swabs were measured levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). A reading of 300 or higher ATP indicates a higher risk of disease transmission when the elements meet.
Petrol stations had the highest pollution levels with 71% of those tested that ATP levels of 300 or more. Mailbox driving a close second with 68% have high levels of ATP. Forty-three percent of the rails of escalators showed contamination, while 41% of the ATM buttons tested recently.
Meanwhile, 40% of the meters were found breeding ground for germs and 35% of pedestrian crossing buttons were germ hotbeds. And you might want to think twice before lunch in the late afternoon, the survey found that 35% of the buttons on the machines tested had higher than accepted levels of ATP.
“Workers are exposed to germs every morning when you go to work,” says Brad Reynolds, leader of the North American platform, the Healthy Workplace Project at Kimberly-Clark. “Workers should be aware of the risks.”
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