where germs live

RETAIL SPACES

 

MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE IN

RETAIL SPACES

 

PATHOGENS IN RETAIL SPACES

All members of the dirty dozen can be found in the retail environment.

 

How clean are stores and malls?

Retail locations are not known for their ability to transmit illness even though they do have various surfaces that can end up being contaminated with organic material. The most common areas to find high levels of organic material are carts, floors, and changing rooms. The presence of bacteria on money also poses a risk for spread where transactions occur. Even if cards are used, organic material can end up on the terminals.

Retail areas can be coated in organic material allowing for members of the Dirty Dozen to thrive. These include:

  • Shopping carts
  • Payment terminals
  • Food courts
  • Changing rooms
  • Washrooms
  • Waterfountains