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  • Sometimes I forget how easily germs are spread. Thanks for the reminder!
  • Imagining my coworkers dirty hands (one of whom almost never washes her hands!) touching communal food is the easiest way for me to stay out of snack foods in the lunch room! :)
  • This article was a little dramatic. I don't follow many of these tips especially at the volume requested and I have been doing okay so far.

    Would have been nice to hear what consequences the bacteria causes. I think a balanced approach is better so your body can fight off more bugs.
  • LEFTHANDLUKE
    once i worked for an outgoing call center..used headsets,used computer keyboards,and chair...i used wipes and lysol spray on the things mentioned,and got yelled at for cleaning the equippment...needless to say I blew up at the supervisor,and walked.....to bad ,i liked the job,and was good at it,but really...reprimanded for good hygiene....what a bunch of loosers...
  • LEFTHANDLUKE
    once i worked for an outgoing call center..used headsets,used computer keyboards,and chair...i used wipes and lysol spray on the things mentioned,and got yelled at for cleaning the equippment...needless to say I blew up at the supervisor,and walked.....to bad ,i liked the job,and was good at it,but really...reprimanded for good hygiene....what a bunch of loosers...
  • Antibacterial cleaners make stronger, more resistant germs! Regular cleaners or plain alcohol kill the bugs just fine.
  • KAYTEETOO
    We are actually pretty good and do most of this already. I didn't know that you can microwave dishcloths and sponges to sanitize them - thanks for the tip!
  • the refrigerator clean out roster would NOT work at my workplace - its a communal lunchroom's shared by 5 different departments some of who have very different schedules than my group.
  • One other thought about handwashing, it protects not only you but also the people who may touch what you just touched. I teach sanitation classes for the restaurant industry. The CDC tells us that 25-35 percent of the population are carriers for diseases such as staph. That means you may be healthy and carry these bad "germs" without getting sick, but you can pass it along to someone else whose immune system is not as healthy for a variety of reasons and they will become sick. The decisions you make about your own health can affect everyone around you and perhaps people you may never meet. Wash your hands, wash your hands wash your hands!
  • I agree with those who think the "germaphobes" are the ones who are sick more often. I admit, I do not follow very sanitary practices, and I am rarely if ever sick! My immune system knows how to do it's job, because it gets plenty of practice, lol.
  • KATHIE_B
    Good grief. I thought I was germ phobic. Back when I was a kid in elementary school we took our lunches to school and kept them in our desks or the coat room until lunch. No one died.
  • Gah. This is possibly the worst article I've read on SP. Discard cheese that's been out of the fridge more than 2 hours?!?! Cheese is possibly the most indestructible pre-industrial food in existence. Ssemi-soft cheese are entirely safe kept properly wrapped on a counter for days; hard cheeses can be kept for weeks.

    And forget the superbug-breeding gels. Give your immune system something to do other than destroying itself out of utter boredom.
  • ARIANROSE
    This seems a little, um, overcautious to me. I'll grant that food safety is really everyone's responsibility, but I clean my cubicle about once a week when I'm not sick - and I'm not sick very often.

    As far as the refridgerator goes, that I can't tell you, because my partner and I carry an insulated bag with our lunches in it.

    And I'll add to the concerns over the abundant use of disinfectant. Just ... a little bit more than necessary.
  • TWISTED_SISTA86
    Marinashu...it actually says to wash your hand before, during and after food handling, not eating. I think what it means is, if you've just handled raw meat (for example), wash your hands before you start cutting up the vegies!
  • How do you wash your hands "before, during, and after" eating? Before and after I can see, but during?? Does this make sense to anyone else???

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