Germs In The Workplace

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Workplaces are excellent breeding grounds for germs!  This is because most workplaces are shared spaces with many people working in close proximity.  Germs can spread between objects and people very quickly in these busy spaces, which may lead to health problems for your staff and customers.

Even if your workplace looks clean on the surface, microscopic germs may be present on door handles, light switches, keyboards, telephones and other objects that people often interact with.  The only way to kill all of these invisible germs is with a systematic and regular cleaning regime.

This article will examine how germs are spread in the workplace, the types of germs that may be present in your workplace and how to get rid of them!

How Germs are Spread in a Workplace

The most common ways that germs can be spread around the workplace include:

Touching Contaminated Surfaces

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Germs are usually found on objects that are frequently touched, particularly if they are touched by many different people throughout the day.  Frequently touched objects include light switches, door handles, toilets, telephones, microwave door handles, fridge door handles, water faucets, sinks, dish towels, elevator buttons and soap dispensers.

Sneezing and coughing


Sneezing and coughing are the most common ways for viruses to spread through an office.  Either a person sneezes or coughs in the direction of another person or they contaminate an object which another person later touches.

Contaminated Food or Water

Food is ideal transmission mechanism for germs.  It may be contaminated by the person who prepared the meal or by any other person who has access to the food before it is consumed.  In workplaces with communal fridges, germs can be spread between the meals of different employees fairly easily.

Bodily Fluids

Even though it’s disgusting to think about, bodily fluids often transmit germs.  It might be a staff member who didn’t wash their hands properly after using a restroom or someone sneezing on the fridge door in the kitchen.  Everything from saliva to phlegm can transmit a variety of germs.

Insects and Animals

Dirty workplaces may be home to a variety of animals and insects including mice and cockroaches.  These pests are highly skilled at moving germs around a workplace!

Types of Germs

There are four main types of germs that can quickly spread around a dirty workplace.  They are:



These microscopic, one-cell creatures obtain nutrients from the environment surrounding them.  Bacteria is everywhere — in your food, in the soil, in the human body.  Some types of bacteria are beneficial for humans while others can cause illness.  Some common forms of bad bacteria are  E. coli (a common cause of food poisoning), Streptococci (can cause  strep throat, cellulitis and other illnesses) and Staphylococci (can cause food poisoning).


Viruses reside inside living cells and will not survive for long outside of a cell.  The most common forms of viruses include the flu, measles, and chickenpox.  Viruses are usually spread through bodily fluids, through coughs or sneezes and via commonly used objects like doorknobs.


Fungi are plant-like organisms that obtain nutrition from people, animals and other plants.  They love damp, warm and humid spaces.  Some types of fungi can cause rashes or illnesses in humans.


These are single-cell organisms that can spread diseases through water.  Protozoa can cause various types of illnesses including diarrhea and nausea.

The Best Way to Kill Germs

Businesses, restaurants, schools and health care facilities have an obligation to keep their staff and customers safe from germs.  Having a germ-ridden workplace could reduce the productivity of staff or endanger the health of everyone in the building.

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Most businesses hire professional cleaners to ensure their workplace is germ-free.  Professional cleaners are ideal for removing germs from a workplace for a number of reasons including:

  • They are very experienced and thorough
    A professional cleaner will eliminate germs from every nook and cranny.  They are familiar with the areas where germs accumulate and always clean those areas.

  • They understand how germs operate
    A professional cleaner understands that objects like door handles, keyboards and elevator buttons all need special attention.  They understand the germ hotspots and will take aggressive action on them!

  • They have professional-grade cleaning equipment and supplies
    Professional cleaners have equipment that will do a proper job, removing germs from your workplace quickly and efficiently.

By eliminating germs from your workplace, you will provide a safer environment for both staff and members of the public!