Eating at your desk could lead to foodborne illness
According to an ADA survey, 83% of Americans regularly eat at their desks. However, only 36% of survey respondents said they clean their work areas, desktop, mouse and keyboard on a weekly basis; 64% said they do soon a monthly basis or less.
A 2007 study from the University of Arizona found that desktops have 100 times more bacteria than a kitchen table and 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. To prevent the spread of dangerous bacteria, ADA recommends that workers:
– Wash hands with soap and warm water before every meal.
– Clean all surfaces before eating on them.
– Refrigerate perishable food items within two hours of the time it was removed from the refrigerator at home.
– Make sure the office refrigerator temperature is set below 40⁰F and clean it out frequently.
Info from: The Institute of Work Comp Professionals October newsletter
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