The 8 Most Germ-Infested Areas at Work

The toilet seat doesn't even make the list. Find out what does.

The 8 Most Germ-Infested Areas at Work

Each year, Americans spend about $3 billion on doctors’ visits due to colds and another $2 billion on cold treatments. The workplace is ground zero for colds. You’d be surprised to find out where germs are most likely hiding in your office. Gathering data from a variety of different workspaces—law firms and call centers, among others—researchers swabbed thousands of surfaces. Here’s a list of the eight most contaminated areas. You might look at your keyboard differently after this.

Refrigerator Door Handles

Twenty six percent of refrigerator door handles have an ATP count of 300 or higher. It makes sense that refrigerator door handles are highly contaminated. Office employees typically put food in the fridge either as soon as they've walked into the office, after they've picked up a meal, or right after they've eaten half of their food. Refrigerator door handles are nearly a direct link to germs brought in from outside of the office.

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