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Nashville, Ark. – Proper hand washing and preventing the spread of germs is more important
now than ever. Just turn on the news or pick up a newspaper and you are sure to see
at least one segment devoted to preventing the spread of germs. While you may be aware
of proper hand washing, you may not have thought of the number of germs that are in
the workplace. In a study conducted by University of Arizona, the workplace has its
share of germs.
Here are some interesting places that germs can be found:
According to the American Cleaning Institute and the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture, here are several tips to help you stay healthy at the workplace:
When it comes to spreading infectious diseases, proper hand washing is the number
one defense. Routinely wash your hands with soap during the day. Make time to wash
your hands when you arrive at work, before and after lunch, after using the restroom
and in between meetings. Proper hand washing means turning on the water (warm is best),
using soap and rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds, rinsing and then drying.
Turn the faucet off with your paper towel after you have dried your hands. Use that
paper towel or another one to open the door.
Because germs can be transmitted from almost anything you come in contact with, keep
a surface cleaner or disinfecting spray or wipes handy for wiping down those surfaces
you have the most contact with. This would include the telephone and your desk. Read
the label of the product you are using, before you use it, to make sure it will not
damage the surfaces and also to make sure it kills the germs that lead to cold and
Before you begin to clean any electrical office equipment, computer, keyboard, printer,
etc., make sure the power is turned off. Also never spray cleaner directly onto any
part of the computer. Spray it on a cloth, and then gently wipe. Here are some specific
instructions for cleaning electronic equipment.
Keyboard: Clean the keys with a cleaning wipe or a cloth sprayed with an all-purpose cleaner.
Get in the habit of making this the first thing you do in the morning before you turn
on your computer. To remove dirt, dust and yesterday’s lunch from the keyboard, turn
it upside down and gently shake it to dislodge the particles. An air duster is great
in helping to remove all the bits and pieces that get lodged inside the keyboard.
Mouse: It is a good idea to clean the mouse every day before using it, especially during
cold and flu season. Again, use a cleaning wipe or cloth sprayed with an all-purpose
Monitor: Use a microfiber cloth, either dry or dampened with clean water, or a product specially
formulated for computer screens. Other products may damage the screen. Clean the monitor
several times a week, as a dirty monitor can cause eyestrain.
Printer: Think about how often you push the buttons on the printer and then match your cleaning
routine to it.
Telephone: Even if you are the only one using it, it is still a great place for germs to hide
and enter the body through the mouth, ear or nose. Clean it daily with a wipe or a
solid surface disinfectant cleaner.
Invest in disinfecting wipes to use. You might also keep a can of disinfectant spray
in your office to spray on your trash can and other surfaces.
Now is the time to be thinking about cold and flu season. Health officials are encouraging
us to get our flu shot early. While everyone should get a flu shot, doing what we
can at home and the office to prevent the spread of germs is important too! Do your
part and keep yourself and your office healthy this flu season!
For more information on preventing the spread of germs, contact the Howard County
Extension Service at 870-845-7517 or visit our office located on the second floor
of the courthouse.
Here is a great recipe to help you get in the Fall spirit! It uses pumpkin and is
easy enough for young children to make with a little supervision. Pumpkin is high
in vitamin A and other essential nutrients.
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup low-fat or skim milk
½ cup plain low-fat yogurt
¼ cup canned pumpkin
½ very ripe banana
Pinch of ground cinnamon and/or nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ice cubes
Put all ingredients in the blender.
Cover tightly and set to medium speed.
Blend until the ice is chopped and the mixture is smooth, 30 to 60 seconds.
Serve right away or refrigerate up to 4 hours.
Yield 2 servings
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
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