Ok maybe don’t tag your boss for this one. Office staff are being advised to seriously consider improving workplace hygiene after scientists found an influx of bacteria when examining communal kitchen items.
Scientists from the UK found evidence of bugs which are typically spread through faeces on items like fridge door handles, coffee machines, microwave buttons and even kettles.
A microbiologist from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and chief researcher of the campaign named Dr Adam Roberts said that results predict that staff are not washing their hands thoroughly, or at all, after using the bathroom.
Dr Roberts and his team took swabs from shared kitchen areas in office spaces and construction worker break rooms and found various types of bacteria.
These included E.coli – a common bacteria known to cause gastro-intestinal illnesses -, pseudomonas – linked to respiratory infections -, and Klebsiella – which can lead to pneumonia.
The best way to combat this, the researchers said, is to practice good hygiene as much as possible. With fridge door handles being some of the most impacted areas, workers were encouraged to wash their hands often and clean after using the kitchen.