Filthiest Surfaces Mailboxes ATMs
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.”
While the levels of contamination in these objects exist throughout the year, Reynolds says the risk of exposure to germs increases during cold and flu season.
To help stay healthy, workers should wash and dry hands frequently and / or use hand sanitizer. To change your routine to get to work can also reduce sick time. According to Reynolds, the first thing most people when it comes to their place of work is to access your computer and check e-mail, but must make a pit stop for the first bath to wash their hands.
“Germs can be transferred up to six times between an object,” he says. Germs on your hands when you touch the gas pump can be transferred to your keyboard, mouse, and coffee maker in the office.
While washing your hands sounds simple, Jim Mann, executive director and scientific director of the Handwashing for Life Institute says it is the best defense in preventing the transmission of a cold. Most people assume that a cold or the flu through air, but the germs are largely transferred from the surface, he says. “It’s a good idea to wash more than less,” he says, noting that a wash of 15 seconds should do the job. “The time really has a key role as does the complete drying.”
Good habits such as not to rub your eyes or touching your nose may avoid getting sick because they both serve as outlets for germs to enter
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