Drinking tea or coffee in the office is a great way to get you refreshed and energized to tackle your daily tasks in the office but there is a downside to this.
A new study shows that having a cup of beverage at work could have adverse effects on your health, no thanks to the germs that linger on shared mugs t in the office.
Up to 90 percent of mugs or tea cups in office kitchens are full of dangerous germs, what is worse is that about 20 percent of the cups actually have fecal matter on them.
The reason for this is not far-fetched.The biggest risks come from washing these cups in communal kitchens.Sponges in these kitchens are hardy cleaned or replaced hence the germs on these sponges end up all around the mugs that they are used on.
However, there is a way to get around the problem, and its by bringing your own mug to work and then taking it home in the evening to properly wash it.
Mugs are not the only things we should be worried about as there are ten major hygiene hazards in the office.
A lot of people do not clean their desk in the office and it ends up with quite a number of germs which can easily be transferred to you.The desk is said to contain 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.
Another hygiene hazard is headphones.People who work using headphones should ensure to clean t at the end of the day and at the start of the day, as hey can accumulate sweat, earwax and hair fibers.
Some people unknowingly chewing on the end of a pen without knowing they are transferring germs on the pens that have likely been passed around the office, with germs from people’s hands and God-knows-where straight into their mouths.
Your computer keyboards and mouse are other ways of transferring germs to your body as food crumbs usually fall on them and skin cells and sweat particles are harbored thereby attracting bacteria.
Office printers, photocopiers, microwave, soap dispensers, water dispensers and office fridges are not left out.If left uncleaned fridges can easily form molds germs can be spread easily from there.
So basically, any items you share publicly are a hazardous risk to your health.It is best to wipe and clean as much as you can before using and wash your hands as often as you can to reduce the risk of getting infected.