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Office phone trumps toilet

February 28, 2012
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WASHINGTON — Working from home has its advantages — no dress code, commute or distracting meetings, according to a press release.

But, working from home also has the added advantage of avoiding exposure to the germs that cause the seasonal flu and colds, the release stated.

According to the release, there are six so-called sickness vectors that might not be the first places you think of when it comes to germs, including:

• Your personal space: In his research on office germs, Charles Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, found that the phone is the single dirtiest part of the office.

• Break room surfaces: Coffee pots, sink faucets, refrigerator handles and microwave handles are some of the filthiest parts of a typical workspace, said Brad Reynolds, North American platform leader for The Healthy Workplace Project, conducted by Kimberly-Clark Professional.

• Meeting rooms: Not only are conference rooms another place where people — and germs — mingle, but meetings themselves may begin and end with a professional handshake.

For more germy places in your office, click here.

Click here to read the complete release.

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