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Prevent Illness at the Office: 10 Quick Sanitary Tips to Keep Your Workspace Germ-Free

Posted: 01/31/2012 8:14 am

Nearly 70 percent of employees admit to coming into the office while sick, according to one study. Of course, it's at work that most of us transfer and contract the billions of germs that make us sick in the first place. One recent study found typical office keyboards hosting bacteria levels up to five times higher than toilet seats. Follow these simple tips to protect yourself and your coworkers from the billions of bacteria and viruses that cover the phones, keyboards and mice you handle every day.

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According to the CDC, hand-sanitizing wipes are actually more effective than gels. Stock your desk drawer with wipes containing at least 60 percent alcohol content and you'll keep your hands cleaner than if you had freshly washed with hot, soapy water. Be aware that instant hand sanitizers can be overly harsh: Due to the vulnerability of dry and cracked skin, don't use wipes with alcohol levels exceeding 95 percent.

Taking small steps to take care of yourself and your workspace can do a great deal towards keeping you (and your coworkers) healthy. Avoid needlessly exposing yourself to germs when you can easily reduce your risk of getting sick and improve the sanitation of your work area, and enjoy a healthier, more productive lifestyle.

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