Reckitt Reveals Germiest Workplace Hotspots

August 15, 2022

Reckitt Professional‘s Lysol Pro Solutions recently revealed the top 10 office surfaces with the highest risk of germs.

Conducted by a team of scientists, the report identified the following top 10 “germiest” workplace hotspots (in no particular order):

  1. Elevator buttons
  2. Coffee machine handles/buttons
  3. Refrigerator doors
  4. Kitchen sink taps/handles
  5. Vending machines
  6. Restroom door handles
  7. Computer keyboards and mouses
  8. Telephones
  9. Printers
  10. TV remote controls.

Germs found included rhinovirus, rotavirus, and norovirus—viruses which, if encountered, can lead to colds or digestive issues such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

According to Dr. Lisa Ackerley, director of medical and scientific engagement, hygiene, at Reckitt’s Lysol Pro Solutions, “The sheer number of shared surfaces in today’s evolving workplaces makes it easy for germs to be spread and harder for cleaning teams and employees to understand where, when, and how to clean and disinfect potential hotspots. To help protect offices, additional germ-protection must be implemented by both employers and by employees themselves. Knowing exactly which areas to focus disinfection on and when provides the framework for a more intelligent approach to hygiene, helping inspire confidence amongst America’s workforce to return to the office.”

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