Infection Risks In Offices, Shops and Factories

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You may think that there are no risks regarding infections in offices, factories or shops where there is no obvious blood spill but problems can be passed on with direct and indirect contact between people and surfaces.  The sorts of infection that can be passed on are colds, flue, virus, bacteria and they can remain on surfaces for a two days transferring to someone else when they touch the item.

People on average touch their faces 15.7 times an hour which can transmit germs to and from surfaces they touch. It is estimated that 98% of employees are affected by minor illness every year in research done by Kimbley-Clark.

Germs can be spread rapidly over a large area by just one person. If someone picks up germs from the toilet or maybe they have a cold and they touch their mouth these germs are now on their hands. A virus on someone’s hands can be transferred up to six times between people.

Think about all the things that someone could touch in a day:

  • Door handles
  • Shaking peoples hands
  • Keyboards
  • Phones
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Desks
  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Photocopiers
  • And much more items

From each of these items, someone else could touch and transfer the germs on to another surface or to them by touching their mouth or eating without washing their hands.  This can be a big problem in an office, shop, factory or even things like cruise boats. Infection can be spread to a lot of people causing illness and suffering.  To reduce this risk, it is important to keep surfaces clean, hands washed, have policies and procedures in place to reduce risks to a minimum. Staff training is very important to ensure that everyone knows what to do and posters to remind them where needed. 

There are many cleaning products for surfaces, hand cleaners or hand gels to help fight the build up of germs in the workplace. Kimbley-Clark found that a reduction of 62% of germs can be gained with better hygiene and 80% of cold and flu virus infections amongst workers can be prevented with better hygiene.

Finally, in a shop, hotel or cruise boat there will be additional problems as you need to educate the general public. Effective cleaning, signs and hand cleaning can reduce the risk to acceptable levels.