Most Common Germ Spreading Culprits in the Workplace


Most common germ spreading culprits in the workplace

One study found that coworkers spread viruses to 50% of workplace surfaces within 4 hours of arriving at work due to shared contact with those surfaces.  Help reduce the risk of illness by being aware of the more common surfaces in the workplace where germs are spread:

  1. Desk.  This is one of the least hygienic areas in the workplace.  The average desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat! 
  2. Hands.  It is common courtesy when in a business environment to greet or say good-bye to someone with a handshake. During peak virus seasons, it is becoming perfectly acceptable to decline a handshake with an explanation that you’re concerned about spreading germs.  In fact, many will admire you for your thoughtfulness!  A wave and a nice smile can be just as welcoming. 
  3. Door Handles. This one is an obvious one, but did you also know that 1 in 4 office workers don’t wash their hands after using the washroom! Yikes!  Use your elbow to open doors, or paper towel when leaving a washroom.  
  4. Keyboards & Mice.  Sharing desk equipment greatly increases the spread of germs.  Reduce the risk by ensuring each person has their own set of regularly used, high-touch desk equipment.
  5. Phones.  These are the most contaminated surfaces in the workplace.  Ensure these are cleaned on a regularly basis to help reduce the risk of picking up any harmful germs.  
  6. Vending Machines.  You could be grabbing a whole lot more with that 3 o’clock snack craving from the vending machine!  And it’s not just the buttons you need to be concerned with, the door where you reach in to grab your goodies is also a major culprit. 
  7. Drinking Fountains.  Sure, we’ve been taught since we were children to not put our mouths on the drinking fountain, but even without making any contact you could be ingesting more than just water in your drinking glass.    
  8. Printers and Fax Machines.  With the average photocopier being touched up to 300 times each day, you’ll want to ensure these machines are being disinfected daily, or even better, keep a bottle of disinfecting wipes nearby the machines so people can clean after each use. 
  9. Elevator Buttons.  Hopefully you get lucky and jump on an elevator with someone already going to your same floor.  Otherwise, there’s not much you can do to avoid having to touch the buttons.  You could attempt to use your elbow, or better yet, take the stairs for an overall more healthy solution. 
  10. Railings.  Railings are in place to help keep people safe, but often the thought of grabbing on to one can seem scary!  Sometimes you just can’t avoid having to hold the railing, so just be sure to wash your hands as soon as you can after. 
  11. Refrigerator.  It’s not just the refrigerator handle you need to ensure is cleaned regularly.  Keep an eye as to what’s inside the refrigerator for any built-up bacteria or mould that could cross-contaminate and cause illness.

We can all do our part to ensuring our workplaces stay safe and healthy.  Knowing what areas to be mindful of is the first step to reducing the spread of germs to others.  Have a look around your office and see if you can identify any other areas that could be potential areas for concern!

7 Reasons to Buy Canadian-Made


Did you know that 45% of consumers will go out of their way to buy Canadian-made products?  Why would someone want to go out of their way just to buy a Canadian made product you ask?  Well, we’ve compiled this list of some really good reasons!

  1. Creating and giving jobs back to Canadians, thus keeping our dollars at home.  Independent Canadian businesses provide 77% of all private jobs in Canada.[1]
  2. Quality control.  Canadian manufacturers are highly regarded for their strict quality control standards. “Made in Canada” has earned its reputation of being high quality and durable.   
  3. Direct communication.  The barriers that once existed between Canadian manufacturer and consumer are diminishing and never before has it been easier to directly communicate with the manufacturer to have any questions or requests answered. 
  4. Products from Canada produce less carbon footprint for you to receive the goods, which is a tremendous aide to the environment. For example, a product made in Canada requires 25 times less transportation than a similar product made overseas. 2
  5. No duty or brokerage fees are needed to bring the product into the country, which would otherwise need to be added to the cost of the product and therefore potentially making the product more expensive than its Canadian-made equivalent. 
  6. Health and safety are carefully regulated in Canada, as opposed to overseas plants.  We can feel good about buying products made in Canada!
  7. Supports our communities.  When we buy Canadian we are contributing to the enrichment of our communities and could be contributing to the survival of a struggling local family business. 

Ready to start buying more Canadian-made products?  Be sure to look for products from these Canadian manufacturers when browsing our catalogue or shopping online!

GemexDavis Group
TOPS Office ProductsAvery
Continental Filing SystemsHilroy
Empack3M
Global Furniture

Sources:

[1] http://canadianentrepreneurtraining.com/six-statistics-about-small-business-and-entrepreneurship-in-canada/

2 https://buycanadianfirst.ca/why-buy-canadian-first

12 Great Uses For A Label Machine


A label machine is not just for super-organized, anti-clutter fanatics.  There are so many uses for a label machine in the office, here are some ideas you can start right away!

1. Learn a new language

Label common items with its name in the language you would like to learn.  Seeing the words daily will help you to learn that new language in no time!

2. Identify personal belongings

Stapler always go missing? Someone always using your mug?  Put your name on it with a label so everyone knows it’s yours!

3. Binder Clips

Keep your paper documents neat and tidy by grouping like documents with a binder clip.  Label the binder clip so you know what types of documents are in that pile.  You can also pre-label binder clips and use them to indicate action items like “Please Sign” or “To File”.   

4. Signs in the office 

Create a neat and simplistic label for you inbox and outbox.  You can also use labels to post subtle reminder messages, like the long-standing struggle to not leave dishes in the sink!  

5. Organize your breakroom

Indicate where dishes, cups and cutlery should go so that evertyhing is put back in its proper place. 

6. Cords & Cables

Ever reach behind your computer or TV and are overwhelmed with the number of cords back there, and finding the one you need seems like a daunting task?  Eliminate the confusion by labelling each cord or cable with its function and quickly locate the one you’re looking for.

7. File Folders

Title your file folders neatly and legibly by using a label.  This also creates a nice uniform look to your files, and you can take your efficiency even further by using various colours of label tape to identify types of files.  For example, all personnel files can be pink while invoices could be in yellow.

8. Inventory Management

Create a label for each item in your supplies cabinet and not only will people be able to quickly locate what they are looking for, but you’ll also quickly be able to identify which supplies are running low and need to be ordered. 

9. Binders

Quickly identify which binder you’re looking for and create a uniform appearance with the use of a label on the spine.  Using various colours of label tape is also an excellent way to keep organized. 

10. Flash Drives

Never have to wonder again what is on that flash drive by labelling it.  This also helps to reduce security risk by no longer having to plug in an unknown flash drive to determine what is on it.

11. Name Badge

Create a name badge quickly by using a label machine.  This works particularly well in creating guest badges for the office.   

12. Storage Boxes

Never again have to guess what’s in that storage box, and need to pull it down in order to see what’s in it when you use labels on the outside!