What Kind of Bacteria Can Be Found in Your Workplace?

office-bacteriaBacteria are everywhere. Neither plant, nor animal, bacteria are categorized separately. It’s been estimated that the planet contains 5 nonillion of them. Simply put – they’re unavoidable. Most bacteria are not harmful to humans, yet a significant percentage is, and these are the ones that get us sick. Your workplace may have more bacteria than you think, so here are some of the kinds you can expect to find in a typical work space:

Particularly common in your average break room and workplace kitchens, adenosine triphosphate or ATP, is a molecule is in the biochemistry of all known living organisms (animal, vegetable, bacteria, yeast and mold cells). Finding higher than average ATP readings mean a higher likelihood for illness transmission in the workplace. Communal microwave handles also generally test very high in ATP levels. Proper sanitization is important, and not just in your personal workspace, but shared spaces as well. Keeping your office clean is key to avoiding this harmful bacteria.

There are hundreds of bacteria varieties found in workplaces, and most of them come from humans, whether they’re from our skin, nasal, oral or intestinal cavities. Conventional wisdom would suggest that most bacteria can be found on our mice and keyboards, but while their levels are high, the biggest offenders are chairs and telephones.

Diphtheroids are a commonplace bacteria in most office buildings, and are key in developing acne lesions. They can be especially dangerous to those with weak immune systems, or those whose systems are weak already due to an existing illness.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is another variety of bacteria that is particularly common on keyboards, even after a sanitary wiping process is completed. They are one of the leading causes of pneumonia and urinary tract infections.

It’s important to be aware of bacteria, places where they’re common, and ways they spread. Armed with knowledge and a clean office, it’s relatively easy to cut down on your sick days, and improve the health of the office as a whole.

A commercial cleaning company like JAN-PRO can keep your office space clean and reduce the number of bacteria through our advanced disinfection technologies. Our EnviroShield system is effective at disinfecting surfaces with no toxins or harmful chemicals. Contact us today to learn more about our disinfecting systems and set up a consultation.

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